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578 million tons valued at $220 billion were shipped on the fuel-taxed portion of our inland waterways system in 2017.  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 59% of the locks are over 50-year-old design life.  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

Corps, MarAd funding bills advance in House

July 11, 2020   The Waterways Journal

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Inland Waterways Impact on Laborers (Podcast)

July 10, 2020   Down with the Dig

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Illinois River barge traffic takes a summer vacation

July 6, 2020   WCBU - Normal, IL

The closing of the Murray Baker Bridge isn’t the only transportation issue facing central Illinois this summer.   In addition to repairs that will keep the bridge that hosts I-74 closed through October, several lock-and-dam sites on the Illinois River are being repaired.   That means…

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Illinois River locks and dams closing; nearly $200 million in repairs

July 3, 2020   WMBD/WYZZ - Peoria, IL

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Barge traffic through Peoria will soon be halted.   Five locks and dams throughout the Illinois River are undergoing full closures.   A project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says is needed, for an industry that benefits the global economy.   “There…

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House sends massive infrastructure bill to the Senate, where it has no path forward

July 1, 2020   Politico

House sends massive infrastructure bill to the Senate, where it has no path forward Politico – Washington, DC – 7/1/20 – Tanya Snyder   The House Wednesday passed a climate-friendly infrastructure bill with $1.5 trillion for everything from roads to broadband that has little chance…

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Gettin' It Done!

June 30, 2020   Marine Log

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Closures to Illinois Waterway Locks remain set for July 1

June 26, 2020   Marine Log

MarineLog – New York, NY – 6/26/20   Beginning July 1, the Rock Island Engineer District is temporarily closing the Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, Peoria and LaGrange locks on the Illinois Waterway to facilitate needed repairs and maintenance. The closures, which will be…

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Report: Feed, agri-community supply logistics to be hit by Illinois River closure

June 25, 2020   Feed Navigator (UK)

Report: Feed, agri-commodity supply logistics to be hit by Illinois River closure   Feed Navigator – Broadfield Park, Crawley, United Kingdom – 6/25/20 – Jane Byrne   Upcoming lock and dam closures along the Illinois River are set to hamper deliveries of corn, soybeans,…

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Ag shippers navigate around lock and dam repairs

June 24, 2020   Agri-Pulse

Ag shippers navigate around lock and dam repairs   Agri Pulse – Washington, DC – 6/24/20 – Ben Nuelle   Agricultural shippers who use one of America’s inland waterways to move grain, fertilizer, chemicals, and other products through the nation’s midsection say…

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Illinois River closure to force supply shift for Gulf Coast grain, ethanol buyers

June 24, 2020   S&P Global

S&P Global – New York, NY – 6/24/20 – Josh Pedrick, Mark Novakovich, Wesley Swift and Sergio Alvarado   New York — Upcoming lock and dam closures along the Illinois River are set to hamper deliveries of corn, soybeans, animal feed and ethanol for export staging and consumption…

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