Coast Guard Reopens St. Louis Harbor To All Traffic

ST. LOUIS – Due to the fall of high water levels, the Coast Guard lifted its safety zone in the vicinity of St. Louis Harbor, today.

Commercial vessels are now allowed to transit through the St. Louis Harbor without previous restrictions that were in place. These restrictions had been in place to ensure safety along the waterways and were in accordance with the waterways action plan jointly developed by the Coast Guard and maritime industry. As water levels continue to recede, the Coast Guard will continue to work with its industry partners and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure safe resumption of normal commerce along the rivers.

The restrictions being removed are those for commercial traffic on the Upper Mississippi River between mile markers 179 and 184 (St. Louis Harbor).

Mariners are still urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the rivers. All towing vessels should use the slowest safe speed possible to minimize wake damage.

For the most up-to-date information regarding conditions effecting navigation on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers, vessel operators should monitor the Coast Guard’s daily marine information broadcasts at 3:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m..

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