Army Corps adapting to fight ice buildup on Ohio River

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(NEW CUMBERLAND, Ohio) — Unusually heavy ice on the Ohio River has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers taking special steps to ensure that the waterway's locks and dams continue to operate, the Tribune Chronicle reported. Engineers are letting ice into the lock chambers before barges enter, then emptying the ice out the other side before letting the barges in. This nearly doubles the time barges spend at the locks, leading companies to cut the number of vessels in their tows.

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By Professional Mariner Staff