Senate O.K.s U.S. Waterways Improvement Bill

Friday, June 18, 1999
The U.S. Senate passed legislation to improve transportation on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for Midwestern farmers shipping bulk commodities. The legislation provided $2 million for the initial phase of the Upper Mississippi and Illinois waterway system navigation modernization project. The project will redesign and expand seven locks -- five on the Mississippi and two on the Illinois -- that currently delay shipments on the river because the locks are too small to handle modern-sized barge tows. Modernizing locks is considered important because barge transportation is one of the cheapest ways to move bulk commodities.

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