The Industrial Canal is a manmade waterway running through New Orleans that connects the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to replace the existing lock in the canal with a longer and deeper one that would accommodate ocean-going vessels. In prior years, Congressional representatives from Louisiana have earmarked federal funds to continue the Corps’ efforts. Though the project is intended to reduce congestion, increased barge traffic and traffic delays predicted by the Corps have not materialized, and traffic has actually decreased.
In addition, the original Corps economic analysis found the deep draft lock was not the most economically beneficial project for the lock, but recommended it be constructed because of the willingness of the Port of New Orleans to shoulder a higher share of the costs. The Port has since pulled out of this agreement. In 2011, a federal court ordered the Corps of Engineers to halt construction because the Corps failed to adequately consider whether a deep-draft lock would be viable.« Back to Database