The shipping season officially ended Monday on the Upper Mississippi River.
Liz Stoeckmann of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says they’re not shutting down boat traffic because of ice or cold weather. She says they’re doing standard winter maintenance on locks and dams, so it doesn’t affect the navigational season as far as barges and traffic going up and down the Mississippi River.
Lock and Dam 2, in Hastings will be dewatered for concrete repairs and Lock and Dam 4, near Alma, will also receive some updates. Both are now closed until March 5th.
Lock and Dam 3, near Welch and Lock and Dam 7, near La Crescent, are now closed through March 15th for guidewall maintenance.
Last year’s shipping season ended on November 29th.