REMINDER ROCK WORK TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS BEGIN AT GREENVILLE BEND at 0600 hours today.  The contractors have confirmed they are preparing to move into place to begin work at Mile 101.4 ABOVE HEAD OF PASSES. Transit restrictions in effect until 1800 hours today.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use rocks to fill in a scour hole that has developed on the river bottom near Greenville Bend at Mile 101.4 Above Head of Passes (AHP). The emergency bank stabilization work is scheduled to begin this morning MONDAY, JUNE 26 (0600 hours) and complete on the evening of July 7 (2023). This rock work is designed to provide bank stability in the immediate area of Greenville Bend.




There are two attachments that detail the location of the rock work, the first is the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) that details the official transit restrictions. The rock operations will occur during daylight hours (0600 hours to 1800 hours) and the expected transit restrictions are limited to the working daylight hours (0600 to 1800 hours). Upon completion of work each day the rock barge and equipment will tuck in along the right descending bank. The second attachment outlines the area of work with a schematic for the operations and set up with long anchor chain spread.


Transit restrictions for all vessel traffic during working hours will be for one-way traffic managed by the USCG Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).


The deep-draft traffic restrictions detailed below for the rock work at Greenville Bend (Mile 101.4 AHP) are reproduced directly from the attached MSIB noting the restrictions apply from June 26 to July 7 (daily) between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.:


“Deep draft vessels:
– Southbound: No transit
– Northbound: Panamax ship or smaller drafting less than 33 feet”


No southbound deep-draft (ship) traffic through the area during daylight hours and northbound traffic is limited to Panamax sized vessels with draft of 33 feet or less with one-way transits coordinated through the VTS.  


Please see the attachments for complete details.


With You,



Sean M. Duffy, Sr.

Executive Director


Standing By Channel: (504) 338-3165


Big River Coalition