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Locking temporarily suspended at McAlpine Locks and Dam

Louisville District
Published March 28, 2023

The lock chambers at McAlpine Locks and Dam (Ohio River mile 606.8) in Louisville, Kentucky, are closed to traffic due to a navigation accident, which occurred approximately at 2 a.m. EDT on March 28. There are no injuries reported and all personnel are accounted for.

Three barges are pinned against the lower dam site, one barge is pinned against the Louisville and Indiana bridge pier and all other barges were recovered by other vessels in the local area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, navigation industry and marine surveyors to start the recovery efforts of the remaining barges. The locks will remain closed until the barges on the dam are stabilized.

All mariners should take direction from the lock operators at McAlpine Locks and Dam.

USACE will continue to coordinate closely with the USCG and the towing industry during this temporary closure.

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