Residents and visitors at certain locations along the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas have a rare opportunity tomorrow. For the first time the Mississippi River Commission is inspecting the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The organization annually inspects the Mississippi River and tributaries but this is the first ever on the Arkansas River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock Office.
The voyage downstream from Fort Smith to downtown North Little Rock is being made by the Motor Vessel Mississippi, the largest towboat built in the U.S. The assessment focuses high-level attention on Arkansas River navigation and its benefits.
The MVM stopped at Fort Smith and Barling earlier this morning. Next stop is at 2:15 p.m. at the Ozark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam in Ozark where it will be until 3 p.m.
Tomorrow, August 11, the towboat pulls into the Dardanelle Lock and Dam at 6:30 a.m., staying until 7 a.m. The Arthur V. Ormond Lock and Dam in Morrilton stop is from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., then it’s onto Toad Suck Lock and Dam in Conway from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Little Rock’s Murray Lock and Dam is where the MVM docks at 6 p.m. and will stay until 7 p.m.
The last stop is Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 a.m. at the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock