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Planned Illinois River dam projects will stall barge traffic

November 14, 2018

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning several repairs projects for Illinois River dams that could interrupt barge traffic for much of summer 2020.

The six projects announced by the Corps of Engineers extend from the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet to the LaGrange Lock and Dam near Versailles. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports officials say some of the projects need lower water levels.

A 60-day closure of the Peoria Lock and Dam is anticipated, while the Starved Rock Lock and Dam near Ottawa and the Marseilles Lock and Dam face up to 120-day closures for installation of massive new miter gates.

Corps officials plan the work for between July and October 2020 to avoid potential spring floods and reopen the river to barges during harvest season.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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