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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Mississippi River shipping resumes

  • A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping Wednesday after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open.
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  • A key stretch of the Mississippi River reopened to shipping Wednesday after hasty repairs were made to a lock damaged by a barge, marking the latest victory for stewards of the drought-plagued waterway they have maneuvered to keep open.
    This week’s closure of Lock and Dam 27 near Granite City, Ill., unrelated to the drought, was forced after barge damaged a gate on an auxiliary lock before dawn Tuesday, causing a traffic snarl that swelled before the lock reopened 17 hours later.
    By midmorning Wednesday, 85 barges and 15 vessels still were waiting to pass through — slow but steady progress from the 142 barges and 19 vessels that were idled there at the traffic jam’s peak, Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said.
    The speed in reopening that damaged lock was “pretty good,” considering that the Army Corps had suggested the repairs could take days, Fogarty said.
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