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Posted 8/8/2013

Release no. 13-085

Kavanaugh Breazeale

Vicksburg, Miss…The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Lindy C. Boggs Lock and Dam will be temporarily closed to navigation traffic to repair a hydraulic cylinder on the downstream riverside miter gate.  The Lindy C. Boggs Lock and Dam is the first lock and dam on the Red River and is part of the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway system. The closure will begin at 5:00 a.m. on 13 August and will remain closed through 5:00 p.m. on 14 August 2013.

If there is a deviation from the repair schedule, additional information will be provided to the public.

The lock and dam is located at Red River mile 43.8 and about 11 miles north of Marksville, Louisiana. The lock and dam system is part of the Monroe Navigation Project Office and operated by a contracted company.

The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway traverses over 225 miles from its confluence with the Atchafalaya River to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.  The waterway includes five locks and dams and five ports, which handle approximately 9 million tons of commodities per year and support over 1300 jobs.  The waterway offers convenient, cost-effective access to regional, national, and international markets.  Commodities that have been the staple for the ports include refined oil products, fertilizer, construction grade sand & gravel and steel products.