Rock Blasting To Clear Mississippi Shipping Channel

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NEAR CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KTVI)-Work continues on the Mississippi River to keep the vital shipping channel open. The Army Corps of Engineers has hired two contractors to start removing rock formations near Thebes, IL. The formations pose a threat to navigation during low river levels. Nearly 900 cubic yards of limestone will be blasted along the six mile stretch of river, clearing the way for barges and other river traffic to move safely.

The work started Saturday on the area upstream of the Thebes railroad bridge.

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