Corps officials announced over the weekend that expedited work to remove rocks near Thebes Illinois will keep that critical 9-foot channel open.
Spokesman says they’re removing lots of rocks and “muck” to keep barge traffic moving.
The corps has hired contractors to use explosives to remove the pinnacles that stretch over about six miles near Thebes, Ill.
Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway.
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