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In 2019, 514.9 million tons of waterborne cargo transited America's inland waterways, a volume equal to roughly 14% of all intercity freight.  These products, valued at $134.1 billion were shipped on the portions of our inland waterways system that generate revenue for capital improvements by a fuel user fee on commercial vessels.  Much of that tonnage travels through some of the 219 locks at 176 sites on the inland waterways system.


The average age of these locks is over 60 years, and 70% of America's locks have exceeded their intended design life.


$16 in annual net economic benefits to the nation are generated by the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Mission for every $1 expended.

(Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Upper Mississippi River 2021 navigation season comes to an end

November 24, 2021   LaCrosse Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, locked the last tow to depart St. Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 23 – ending the 2021 navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River.   The Motor Vessel Johnathon Erickson, pushing five barges with scrap metal, soybeans…

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Forging Ahead on Waterways Infrastructure

November 12, 2021   The Waterways Journal

Forging Ahead On Waterways Infrastructure NOVEMBER 12, 2021    BY WATERWAYS JOURNAL   Finally, after months of cliff-hanging drama, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the “hard infrastructure” bill.…

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Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will boost competitiveness for decades

November 12, 2021   The Economist

Nov 11th, 2021 WINFIELD, MISSOURI   Lock and dam 25 on the upper Mississippi River is testament to how good American infrastructure can be. Stretching nearly 1,300 feet (400 metres) across the water, the concrete-and-steel structure is a crucial link in the system that connects Midwestern…

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Interview: Tracy Zea

November 12, 2021   Maritime Logistics

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