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Mar 5, 2013 8:45 AM by AP

Complaints over plan to cut Red River lock service

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Plans to reduce lock service on the red river are drawing complaints.

At a meeting Monday in Alexandria, James Ross of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Corps has been ordered to reduce lock service under a 2007-2008 study based on a survey of commercial and recreational usage of the five Red River locks.

The mandate becomes effective in February 2014, when hours will be cut back for two locks. The move is designed to cut costs.

Rich Brontoli, executive director of the Red River Valley Association, said he was concerned that no economic impact studies had been done. Brontoli said there is no proof the reduced service will save money.

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