This article is taken from the Aug. 24 USDA Grain Transportation Report

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled annual maintenance on the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) for January 14, 2024, to March 29, 2024.

The outage is scheduled for an extended period to allow for the completion of multiple projects at different navigation lock facilities.

Maintenance projects will include electrical upgrades, structural improvements, repair of damaged concrete, and other work.

The locks to be closed include McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and John Day.

From 2016 to 2020, between 27.9 million tons and 32.7 million tons of grain was shipped on or through the CRS, with wheat shipments accounting for 12.7 million tons to 16.4 million tons.