Barge traffic on the upper Mississippi River is still a couple of weeks away. Army Corp of Engineers spokesperson George Stringham says Lake Pepin will determine when the shipping season will begin. “Lake Pepin has the slowest portion of the river and that’s traditionally where the ice hangs on the longest. Last week, there was still 23 inches of ice near Lake City, Minnesota. There are lots of places on the river where there is floating ice.” Stringham expects barge traffic to begin in about two to three weeks. “We still have locks closed and further downstream for maintenance. As far as when we could start to see boats come through, the ice is usually at 10 to 12 inches.”
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