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Illinois Waterway reopens to navigation, construction complete

Rock Island District
Published Oct. 29, 2020
Commercial Tow locking upstream at LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway.

Commercial Tow locking upstream at LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces today that construction is complete and the Illinois Waterway locks have reopened to navigation after a series of extended, consolidated closures.

With construction coming to an end today at Dresden Island, Starved Rock and Marseilles locks, the Illinois Waterway lock and dam system is open for navigation. Five locks on the Illinois Waterway had been closed since early July in order to perform critical maintenance. Peoria Lock was the first to reopen on Sept. 28 followed by LaGrange Lock on Oct.13.

The Illinois Waterway, which provides a navigable connection between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, includes eight lock and dam sites which were long overdue for significant repairs. In order to facilitate repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District developed a consolidated repair schedule, which included a short closure to locks in 2019 followed by extended closures this summer that came to an end today. The closures took place simultaneously to lessen impact to commercial navigation as much as possible.

For more information contact the Rock Island District at 309-794-5729.


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