The steel pieces floating on barges in the Arkansas River at downtown North Little Rock look like “a giant Erector Set,” but by next summer they are expected to form the basket-handle arches of the new $98.4 million Broadway Bridge.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce a section of river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville, Mississippi.
Many mayors of Arkansas cities would like to see the Arkansas River’s shipping channel deepened from 9 feet to 12 feet to facilitate more efficient barge traffic. Deeper water means heavier barges, and that means lower shipping costs, which means cheaper products for the rest of us.
Mickey Heitmeyer is a waterfowl biologist, a farmer, a business owner, an entrepreneur — and perhaps most importantly, a duck hunter living in southeast Missouri. He also happens to be one of North America’s leading waterfowl and wetland biologists and is widely acknowledged as an expert in wintering waterfowl ecology and the management of bottomland hardwoods — in other words, the duck woods.
Many of Eureka Springs’ 2,100 residents have found common ground in their opposition to a proposed $116.7 million upgrade to a regional power line that will run about 50 miles through portions of Carroll and Benton counties.
Col. Courtney W. Paul assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock district on July 2. He replaced Col. Glen Masset, who is retiring after 31 years in the Army. Paul now leads more than 700 employees and oversees the management of nearly 750,000 acres of public land and water in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also responsible for construction and real estate support to military installations, Army Reserve facilities and recruiting offices for all branches of the military.
The Mississippi River flooding of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like never before, exposing vulnerabilities that need attention, a report released Monday said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to work with government officials in Oklahoma and Arkansas to develop plans to improve the Arkansas River. The plan calls for unspecified future development and modernization of a 455-mile stretch of the river.
Efforts taken to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic should be sufficient to avert a shipping shutdown that the industry fears is imminent, Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials said Friday.
Rain that fell over the weekend has helped Arkansas river levels and is projected to help the Mississippi River rise. The Army Corps of Engineers says the rain helped, but there are still longer term problems anticipated because of the continuing drought.
A revised Mississippi River forecast offered a bit of a reprieve for shippers Wednesday, showing the water level isn't dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing their loads over concerns about the river's depth.