U.S. Senator Says Rock Removal on Mississippi River to Start Soon
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Officials say the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to expedite the blasting of two large Mississippi River rock pinnacles that are impeding barge traffic with river levels at dangerously low levels.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and two river industry trade groups said Tuesday that the corps informed them that blasting could begin next week on the large formations near the southern Illinois towns of Thebes and Grand Tower. That would be about a month-and-a-half earlier than first projected.
Mississippi River concerns worsened last month when the corps reduced the flow from a dam on the upper Missouri River, which feeds the Mississippi.
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