Thursday, November 12, 2009

Traffic down

The river has looked quiet here in the Huntington area for a couple of months. The numbers show how quiet it is.

Commercial traffic has been down for a few years. I compared lock numbers for October 08 vs. 09 for Greenup and Robert C. Byrd, the two locks closest to Huntington and the two with which I am most familiar. Total tonnage through Greenup was down about 16 percent. Through R.C. Byrd, 19 percent. Both are down about 27,000 tons of cargo per day. And both are seeing, on average, about 2.5 fewer commercial vessels per day.