Corps temporarily closes Bayou Bienvenue Lift Gate

Published Nov. 6, 2013

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District and its contractor began a temporary closure of the Bayou Bienvenue lift gate on Monday, Nov. 4 to perform necessary maintenance on the gate leaf paint system.  The Bayou Bienvenue lift gate is one of three gates along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier. Public safety is the Corps’ number one priority, and this closure is necessary to safely carry out this activity. 

The closure will be in place until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 3; the channel will be blocked with barges and impassable. When the Bayou Bienvenue Lift Gate is open to navigation, mariners are advised to adhere to the following restrictions:

1) The Gate Channel is approximately 56 feet wide and 8 feet in depth.

2) Marine traffic must be able to navigate safely under the vertical lift gate that is approximately 33 feet above a water gage reading of 0.0 NAVD88. Any tide above 0.0 NAVD88 on the gage should be subtracted from 33 feet to get a safe clearance. 

For questions about the Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, please call the Corps’ toll free Construction Hotline at 877-427-0345.


Rene Poche
After Hours

Release no. 13-072