A representative from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has confirmed that the revetment operations at Poydras, Mile 81 Above Head of Passes (AHP) will soon cease.
The Corps reports the work at Poydras will be stopped after the revetment mat they are presently working on is completed, estimated completion is 1400 hours.
There were two additional mats required to complete the Poydras location, but the river stage is too high for the revetment operations to continue.
The Mat Sinking Unit will make tow and move upriver to the location at Grand Bay, Mile 257.5 AHP on the right descending bank. The Grand Bay location is on the shallow-draft channel above Baton Rouge and will not impact deep-draft traffic.
The transit restrictions will remain until the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River officially cancels them, but the revetment work on the Mississippi River Ship Channel will soon be completed for the season.
The Corps estimates being clear from the area about 1800 hours this evening, all transit restrictions will remain in place until officially cancelled.