Coast Guard announces temporary vessel traffic restrictions on Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal

CHICAGO – The Coast Guard has announced temporary waterway restrictions for vessel traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Nov. 3 – 5.

These vessel traffic restrictions are necessary for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue construction of the electric dispersal barrier in effort to prevent the passage of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

To support these actions, the U.S. Coast Guard will activate a safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from the Lockport Lock and Dam to the fish barrier (mile-marker 296.1-296.7) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on Nov. 3 – 5 . Vessel traffic will not be permitted to transit through the zone during periods of work. However, every effort will be made to allow vessels to transit when work is no longer taking place.

Questions regarding the waterway closure can be directed to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at 414-747-7182 or to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago at 630-986-2155. Questions on the construction project can be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 312-846-5330.

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