Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA Locking Committee Call Notes


IRCA Members and Guests,


The IRCA Locking Committee hosted a call today with USACE to discuss ice buildup concerns at LaGrange Lock.  To help mitigate ice buildup and to hopefully prevent tow width restrictions, n/b vessels departing the lock are requested to (when safely possible) shove into the pocket above the forebay to break ice and keep the pocket clear so that full s/b tows can get flat on the wall.  Southbound tows are requested to stay flat on the wall during their approach to help scrape ice off of the wall and prevent the need for future tow width restrictions.


To help facilitate this, Lock Operators at LaGrange will lock n/b tows ahead of s/b tows when possible.


Best regards,


Jeremy “Shot” Tardy
Western Rivers Boat Management, Inc.
Office:  270.444.4772
Mobile:  270.933.8056