Lock 27 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Lawmakers: Mississippi River Locks 'Desperate' For Repair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-mississippi-river-locks-desperate-repair <p>Federal lawmakers from several states along the Mississippi River are pressing to modernize the waterway's locks-and-dams system, which they say desperately needs repair.</p><p>Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk of Illinois, Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt from Missouri, and Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley from Iowa are pressing the Environmental and Public Works Committee to ensure funding to hasten what they term critical improvements.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:50:00 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 4699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers: Mississippi River Locks 'Desperate' For Repair Emergency repair at Lock 27 has barge traffic at a standstill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/emergency-repair-lock-27-has-barge-traffic-standstill <p><strong>Updated 1:45 p.m.</strong> <em>Lock 27 reopened this morning at 3:30 a.m. after being closed for 5 days. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it may take up to 72 hours to push through </em><em>the&nbsp; 63 vessels and 455 barges, some from as far as New Orleans, that backed up during the closure. The Corps estimated that the closure cost nearly $3 million per day . Lock 27 underwent major rehab in the past few years and was damaged due to low water levels. </em></p><p><em>Our original story:</em></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:00:23 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Emergency repair at Lock 27 has barge traffic at a standstill