The Mississippi River at MM-189.5 is now closed until 1000 01Nov22

The Mississippi River at MM-189.5 AHOP, is now closed as planned for October 31,2022 and will remained closed to all traffic until 1000 November 01,2022.

UPDATE: For the remainder of the closures November 4th through the 8th the hours of closure will also be 1900-1000.

The following requirements are in place:

  • All Downbound traffic shall check-in with VTS at MM 205 via land line at (504) 365-2512.
  • All Upbound traffic shall check in with VTS at Sunshine bridge on VHF 5A.
  • VTS LMR will still monitor VHF Ch. 5A for the duration of the closure and conduct regular check-ins for 81 Mile Point Area on Ch. 5A.
  • When the river is closed, the VTS Closure operator will maintain the southbound/northbound queue list and monitor VHF 67 to ensure traffic is making safe passing arrangements.
  • When the river re-opens, the VTS Closure operator will work with the VTS 81-mile point operator to de-conflict traffic, and then contact vessels via phone or VHF radio to clear the southbound and northbound queues.
  • Tows (>20 barges) should be mindful of limited safe mooring areas South of the I-10 bridge during closure periods.

For further information, contact VTS Lower Mississippi River on CH-5a or via land line at (504)365-2512.


Watch Supervisor
U.S. Coast Guard
Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River
200 Hendee Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70114