NAVIGATION POLICY NOTICE
NASHVILLE DISTRICT DATE: 08/09/2016 NOTICE NUMBER: 6839
USACE ATTN: DISTRICT ENGINER
110 9TH AVE SOUTH, ROOM A405
NASHVILLE TN 37203-3852
HTTP://WWW.LRN.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
POC:


LRN Operations
Navigation Branch
(615) 736-7996
LOCAL NUMBER: LRN 16-34
WATERWAY: TENNESSEE RIVER
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HOURS OF OPERATIONS FOR
LOCKS ON THE TENNESSEE AND CUMBERLAND RIVERS

 

 SUPERCEDES NOTICE TO NAVIGATION CELRN-OP-N 13-15 (DATED 3 JUNE 2013)

Effective 2 October, 2016 the normal operation hours for navigation locks on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers are as follows:

Tennessee River

 

Cumberland River

 

Kentucky, Mile 22.4

24 hours

Barkley, Mile 30.6

24 hours

Pickwick, Mile 206.7

24 hours

Cheatham, Mile 148.7

24 hours

Wilson, Mile 259.4

24 hours

Old Hickory, Mile 216.2

6am – 2am

Wheeler, Mile 274.9

24 hours

Cordell Hull, Mile 313.5

Reservation Only

Guntersville, Mile 349.0

6am – 2am

 

 (7:30am – 2:30pm, M-F)

Nickajack, Mile 424.7

6am – 2am

 

 

Chickamauga, Mile 471.0

24 hours

 

 

Watts Bar, Mile 529.3

7am – 3am

 

 

Ft Loudon, Mile 602.3

7am – 3 am

 

 

Melton Hill (Clinch River) Mile 23.1

Reservation Only

 

 

Lockage of vessels outside these established normal operation hours is restricted.  No lockage of a vessel can begin if completion of the lockage will extend beyond the normal hours of operation.  Because of the normal time required to complete a lockage and the time necessary to secure the lock at the end of a shift, most of these projects will not begin lockage of a vessel within the last hour of operation. 

As a reminder, if a vessel arrives at a lock with multiple cuts that will require four hours to completely lock the vessel through and only two hours remain before the normal close of business; that vessel will not begin lockage until the start of next business day. 

In an effort to avoid and reduce the delays to commercial traffic through Chickamauga, Watts Bar and Ft Loudon Locks, it is recommended that commercial tows limit the size of their tows to what can be locked in eight (8) lockages or cuts.  Note this is not intended to be a restriction on a vessel’s tow size.  It is intended as a recommendation to increase the likelihood of a vessel being locked through upon their arrival at a lock

FOR THE DISTRICT ENGINEER:         

 

 

//signed//


JOHN D. TRIBBLE, JR
Chief, Navigation Section
Technical Services Branch