Decatur by rail, air, highway and water
The reopening of the main lock at Wilson Dam this week will make life much easier for people who depend on river traffic.
Barges struck both the main and auxiliary locks in the second half of this year and closed barge traffic on the Tennessee River.
The auxiliary lock will remain closed for repairs but the need to get it back into service soon is obvious. Decatur and other river cities need the barges on the move constantly to ship and receive materials.
Decatur has the busiest port on the river and stands to suffer more when an unusual series of events closes both locks. As big an inconvenience as the closing of both locks became, though, the situation could have been worse in Decatur if the city didn't also have excellent rail and highway systems and two airports.