FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A barge designed to break up log jams along Fort Wayne's rivers has made its maiden voyage in the northeastern Indiana city.

Fort Wayne and Allen County spent $100,000 on the self-propelled river barge, whose crew demonstrated its log-removal equipment last week along the St. Joseph River.

Local officials say the barge will save them money by eliminating the need for hiring contractors for tens of thousands of dollars to move a crane onto bridges for removing logs and debris.

WPTA-TV reports Fort Wayne's parks department expects to spend about $10,000 every three years on barge fuel, maintenance and debris disposal.

The barge will begin cleaning up logs and debris along Fort Wayne's river bridges next spring. It will also be used to remove overgrown vegetation along the city's riverbanks.

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Information from: WPTA-TV, http://www.wpta.com/