Tow boat

A TOWBOAT and barges pass from the Mississippi River through the Old River Locks on Lower Old River below Concordia Parish on Sunday. The locks are located 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge and 54 miles south of Ferriday. River traffic coming from the Mississippi travels through the locks into the Red or Atchafalaya rivers, or vice versa. According to the Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District, which oversees the operations of the structure, the locks handle approximately 3,200 lockages per year averaging 7.9 million tons of cargo that includes predominately grain and petrochemicals. Also passing through the locks is military equipment from New Orleans that is sent up the Red to Alexandria and Shreveport. (Concordia Sentinel photo)


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