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Coast Guard may reopen river to barge traffic

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Posted: May 23, 2011 9:18 AM by Brittany Rivas
Updated: May 23, 2011 9:18 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: barge, Mississippi River, flood, Baton Rouge, Coast Guard

BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard may partially reopen a nine-mile segment of the Mississippi River to barge traffic as it reviews a plan to remove three barges that sank in the waterway in Baton Rouge last week.

Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann said the Coast Guard expects to allow northbound traffic on the river to resume sometime on Monday. Southbound barges would be allowed to travel down the river once the northbound backup is cleared.

Archer Daniels Midland Co., which owns the barges involved in Friday's accident, has submitted a plan for salvaging the wreckage. They were part of a 20-barge tow that was being pushed downriver amid high water and fast currents that have made navigation difficult. One of the barges struck a dock. Two struck a bridge.

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