MVN 60-Day Lock Status Forecast 102318

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) District’s Lock and Waterway Status 60-Day Forecast as issued today (October 23, 2018) is attached.

The status report updates conditions on the on the Bayou Boeuf, Calcasieu,Bayou Sorrel and Old River Locks.

The information on the Dewatering for Gate Replacement at the Bayou Boeuf Lock is reproduced below:

“Beginning at sunrise on 04 September 2018, Bayou Boeuf Lock will close to navigation 24hrs per day until approximately 15 November 2018 in order to install gates and make necessary repairs and adjustments.”

The update on the continuing intermittent scheduled closures at the Calcasieu Lock due to ongoing Chamber Guide Wall work is reproduced below:

“Calcasieu Lock will be closed to navigation intermittently Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm each day or as indicated by the Corps. This schedule will continue until approximately 1 December 2019.”

The information on the upcoming Dewatering for Gate Repairs at the Bayou Sorrel Lock is reproduced below:

“Commencing on approximately 31 August 2018 and continuing until approximately 30 November 2018, Bayou Sorrel Lock will be closed to navigation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, due to dewatering operations at the south end gates.”

The information on the ongoing Emergency Bulkhead Lowering System and upcoming Tainter Valve and Mooring Bit repairs at the Old River Lock are reproduced below:

“Old River Lock is now open but with the following restrictions due to repairs on the Lock Emergency Bulkhead Lowering Carriage:

  1. Tows are to enter the Lock at DEAD SLOW speed.
  2. All tows are restricted to no longer than 1100’ in length.
  3. All tows will line up along the floating guidewall before proceeding.
  4. Two line-handlers with life vests and bumpers will be required on both approach and exiting of the Lock.
  5. Vessels must be moored by bow and stern lines to floating timberheads.”


“Commencing on or about 15 November 2018 and continuing through 29 March 2019, mariners will be subject to intermittent delays to navigation (up to 12 hours) at Old River Lock.  The closures will occur during daylight hours between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The delays will be due to necessary work required to remove and repair a broken tainter valve and mooring bits.”