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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Spend $3.94B in FY2022 on Port and Inland Waterway Improvements

A plan released on January 19 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlines the spending of $3.94 billion during fiscal year 2022 for commercial navigation improvements at the country’s coastal ports and inland waterways - including funding for a project on the Mississippi River that has been in a holding pattern for more than 14 years.

Details include how the Army Corps will earmark $22.81 billion in supplemental funding provided through the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Also allocated is $732 million for the completion of the design and construction of Lock and Dam 25 in Winfield, Missouri, on the Upper Mississippi River - the first funding allocated to the project since it was authorized in 2007.

In 2020, the U.S. exported 29 percent of its grains and oilseeds using transportation on the Mississippi River, however, when the existing locks were constructed in the 1930s they included 600-foot chambers to accommodate the vessels at the time. Today, towboats push 1,200-foot-long tow lines of 15 barges, requiring them to “double lock”, resulting in serious delays and higher costs.


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