Midwest Foundation Removes Grounded Barge from St. Charles City Riverfront

Posted on 11/10/2017 by Austin Derks

Midwest Foundation, a division of Byrne & Jones Construction, removed a fixture on the Missouri River earlier this year. Originally placed to shield the Goldenrod Showboat from flood debris, the hopper barge moored along the banks of Saint Charles had served a useful life for the City.

Old Barge Contributed to Football Field-Size Logjam on the Riverfront

Old Barge Contributed to Football Field-Size Logjam on the Riverfront

Workers from Midwest Foundation, the marine division of Byrne & Jones Construction, remove a hopper barge along the banks of the St. Charles riverfront.

Midwest Foundation, a division of Byrne & Jones Construction, removed a fixture on the Missouri River earlier this year. Originally placed to shield the Goldenrod Showboat from flood debris, the hopper barge moored along the banks of Saint Charles had served a useful life for the City. In recent years however, the barge became weathered from the river where it had been anchored since 2002. In that time, debris and drift had become lodged beneath the hull of the barge and in 2015, a logjam the size of a football field was featured on Fox 2 news.

The hopper barge had once been used to haul grain, but had been taken out of service. After the Goldenrod left the City, the barge was placed along the Saint Charles riverfront to deflect debris from a nearby deck barge and a pair of pedestrian bridges.  Over the years, the force of the river, logs and other debris from upstream created holes in the barge.  Midwest Foundation was contracted to remove it before it took on too much water or sank. 

The two-day removal operation by Midwest Foundation entailed bringing a crane barge down to the riverfront and cutting the hopper barge from its spud anchors buried in the mud. Midwest Foundation then towed the barge to a place nearby Byrne & Jones' headquarters in Bridgeton, Missouri, where it was dismantled and sold for scrap.  The spud anchors were also untangled from river debris and lifted out from the mud.

With the barge removed, debris in the river is now free to flow downstream.

Midwest Foundation provides a wide range of turnkey marine construction, design and specialty service on, over and under the water. We serve public and private entities along rivers and lakes in the Midwest including the Illinois River, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Ohio River and other waterways.  We operate a fleet of more than 70 barges and a tugboat, which we also lease along with crawler cranes with lifting capacities from 65 tons to 230 tons.  As part of the Byrne & Jones Companies, we're proud to be a trusted advisor to the clients we serve, working on their behalf to offer the best solutions for all of their marine-related challenges - and doing it safely every step of the way. For more information, visit http://www.midwestfoundation.com