Vessel traffic restrictions scheduled on Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal during October, November

US Army Corps of Engineers

Periodic restrictions facilitate U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ construction project

There will be temporary waterway restrictions for vessel traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Oct. 4-11, with the possible need for additional temporary restrictions Oct. 13-15.  These vessel traffic restriction are necessary to facilitate U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work on electrical Barrier IIB. The temporary restrictions on Oct. 13-15, which follow the announcement of the Oct. 4-11 restrictions, are only necessary if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unable to complete all work planned during the period of Oct. 4-11.

In addition to these planned restrictions, phase three of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Barrier IIB construction project will necessitate additional temporary closures Nov. 3-5.

These temporary restrictions to vessel traffic will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to safely 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. During these times, the Army Corps’ electric barriers I and IIA will continue to operate.

To support these actions, the U.S. Coast Guard will activate a safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.  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.

Details are subject to change, but we recognize 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 mile 296.7 (aerial pipeline located approx 0.51 miles northeast of Romeo Road bridge).

WHEN: From 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on each of the following days: Oct. 4-11, Oct. 13-15 and Nov. 3-5.

Questions on 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.