Corps: Ridding Mississippi River of rock pinnacles close

2012-12-14T18:02:00Z Corps: Ridding Mississippi River of rock pinnacles closeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 14, 2012 6:02 pm  • 

ST. LOUIS | The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River.

The corps says it has hired Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, and Kokosing Construction Co. of Fredericktown, Ohio, to do the work being expedited because of low levels of the Mississippi.

The corps is finalizing how quickly the companies get to the work site near the Illinois village of Thebes, do prep work and begin blasting the rock to remove it.

Months of drought have left water levels up to 20 feet below normal from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill. The problem worsened last month when Missouri River flow into the Mississippi was cut.

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