All four miter gates were replaced at Starved Rock Lock on the Illinois Waterway. Starved Lock was only one of several locks that received major rehab jobs simultaneously in 2020; the long-planned river closure for the repairs lasted from July 1 until October 29. (Photo courtesy of Alberici Constructors)

Photo Highlights From 2020

Here are some of our favorite photos from the pages of The Waterways Journal in 2020:


Illinois Waterway Lock Closures Chickamauga Lock Barnhart_1 Barnhart_2 Scarlett Rose rudders Staten Island Ferry Launch corn island launches Dredge General MacArthur Drone Use Growing Military Equipment Move McAlpine Lock Closure Mat Sinking Unit LST325-1 Lower Mississippi Channel Deepening Final concrete shell placement sets project back on critical path helicopter recovery FMT Build Program miss doris first through Mobiles Largest Ship MtVernon_Gantry Crane Mv_Boone_salvage New Rocket Newt Marine Activity Removing Asian Carp Spring Flooding On Illinois River
Ceremonial photographs from 2020 looked a little different from past years, thanks to the mask-wearing and social-distancing. But the COVID-19 precautions didn’t take anything away from the significance of this event: on July 31, Mississippi Valley Division Engineer Maj. Gen. Dianna Holland, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans District Engineer Col. Stephen Murphy jointly signed a project partnership agreement for the long-awaited deepening of the Lower Mississippi River Ship Channel between Baton Rouge and the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Frank McCormack)