NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 5, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has announced that lockages of commercial and pleasure craft on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers will now adhere to normal hours of operation due to sequestration.
“Historically, the Nashville District has utilized overtime labor to accommodate lockages of vessels outside of normal business hours,” said Diane Parks, chief, Operations Division. “However, we are having to strictly adhere to our posted hours of operation and avoid the use of overtime to come into compliance with Department of Army policy regarding overtime during the fiscal 2013 sequestration period," Parks added.
No lockage of a vessel can begin if completion of the lockage will extend beyond the normal hours of operation of the locks listed below, according to Parks: (Times are local)
Tennessee River: Cumberland River:
Kentucky, Mile 22.4 24 hrs. Barkley, Mile 30.6 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Pickwick, Mile 206.7 24 hrs. Cheatham, Mile 148.7 24 hrs.
Wilson, Mile 259.4 24 hrs. Old Hickory, Mile 216.2 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wheeler, Mile 274.9 24 hrs Cordell Hull, Mile 313.5 Reservation Only
Guntersville, Mile 349.0 6 a.m. – 2 a.m. (7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. M-F)
Nickajack, Mile 424.7 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Chickamauga, Mile 471.0 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Watts Bar, Mile 529.9 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Ft. Loudoun, Mile 602.3 10 a.m. –10 p.m.
Due to the normal time required to complete a lockage and the time necessary to secure the lock at the end of the shift, most of the projects will not begin lockage of a vessel within the last hour of operation.
Locks operating on a normal 24-hour schedule are not affected.
Additional information for commercial barge tows is available at: http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Media/PublicNotices/tabid/6993/Category/150/navigation-notices.aspx.