Barge traffic halted near Mississippi River lock
GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Crews scrambled to make repairs Wednesday near the busiest Mississippi River lock shut down because of damage blamed partly on the summer drought, snarling hundreds of barges and tugboats in a backlog that was growing worse by the hour.
Workers closed Lock 27 just north of St. Louis last Saturday after discovering that a protection cell — a vertical, rock-filled steel cylinder against which barges rub to help align them for...
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