Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal to close periodically Oct. 4-8 Closures to facilitate U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction project

US Army Corps of Engineers

September 2, 2010

USCG (414) 747-7163
USACE (312) 846-5330

Chicago, IL- The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announces periodic waterway closures on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal each day from October 4 through October 8 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install underwater structures designed to limit the spread of electric current in the waterway from the barriers that are in place to prevent the passage of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The U.S. Coast Guard will activate a safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The canal will be closed to all traffic during periods of work. We anticipate that the waterway will be closed each morning and afternoon, with possible openings midday and some nights. However, there may also be one or two overnight closures during this period to allow for intensive fish sampling. Details are subject to change, but the ACRCC recognizes the importance of providing maximum advance notice to waterway users.

WHERE: Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in the vicinity of the barrier, likely from mile 296.1 (approx 450′ south of the Romeo Road Bridge) to MM 296.7 (aerial pipeline located approx 0.51 miles northeast of Romeo Road bridge).

WHEN: Portions of each day from October 4 through October 8. We will announce the closure times once they are determined.

Questions on the waterway closure can be directed to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at (414-747-7163) 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.