MILE 199.0 - MILE 198.0 - CHANNEL RESTRICTIONS UPDATE
The COTP Upper Mississippi River has established a wake restriction zone between Miles 199.0 and 198.0, due to extreme high water conditions. Towboat operatiors are to minimize their wake in this area, has been CANCELLED..
MILE 180.0 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Eads Bridge; A containment system hanging below the bridge in all three spans remains suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges may be spudded down in the Missouri and Illinois spans. At times a work barge may be in the center span located next to the piers with no encroachment inside the 300-foot navigational opening. Barges will be properly lit at night.
MILE 155.0 - SUNK BARGE
A sunken barge has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 155.0, mid-channel. The barge is currently stationary and has approximately 38 feet of water over the top with a gauge reading of 23.9 on the St. Louis gauge on June 3, 2015. Transit with caution.
MILE 135.5 - SUNK BARGE
A sunken barge has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 135.5, RDB at the Brickeys Fleet. The barge is reported unmarked. Mariners are urged to excercise caution in the area.
KASKASKIA RIVER 1.0 - LOCK DAM CLOSURE
Due to high water, the Jeffry C. Costello L/D in the vicinity of Mile 1.0, is closed. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 248-7160, for additional information.
MILE 51.0 - SUNK VESSEL UPDATE
a 37-foot M/V capsized and awash in the vicinity of Mile 51.0, RDB. The M/V is moored to a salvage barge and marked with a lighted buo displaying a flashing white light. Salvage operations are anticipated once water levels fall. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.
MILE 1.3 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE - UPDATE
Cairo Bridge; There will be intermittent placement of platforms from the LDB side of the channel to the green light which may reduce vertical clearance by 4 feet. The onsite work boat M/V GENE CASPER can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 7, for further information.
Channel Marker Status
Heavy drift from high water levels on the Missouri, Illinios and Mississippi Rivers has been observed. Efforts should be made to minimize impacts to tows and fleets.
Be aware that there may be other buoys off station/missing than the ones that may be mentioned in this report. Mariners should use caution.
The M/V PATHFINDER will be dockside until further notice due to high river stages.
Mississippi River Mile 204-203, July 4, 2015, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, the Firecracker Race, A canoe/kayak race, Excercise Caution.
Mississippi River Mile 203-202.5, July 3, 2015, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Alton Fireworks Festival, land based event, Mississippi River will be CLOSED during this event.
CANCELLED - Mississippi River Mile 180.5-180.0, July 2 & 3, 2015, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Lumiere Fireworks Display, barge based event, Mississippi River will be CLOSED during this event.
Mississippi River Mile 53-51, July 4, 2015, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Cape Girardea 4th of July Fireworks, the COTP has issued a safety Zone for this event. No vessels will be allowed to transit during the event without permission of the USCG Patrol Commander. The Patrol Commander will monitor VHF-FM Ch 16, during the event.
Additional Risks / Concerns
Highs in the Upper 80s; Lows in the Upper 60's. Chance of rain Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun.
For additional info about New River Training Structures, see the link below:
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The new electronic Navigation charts for the Upper Mississippi River are now available online for download or to order at the below link: http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/NIC2/
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