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News and Notices

Attend the Great Northern Corridor Coalition stakeholder conference Sept. 18

Interested parties impacted by the efficiency of Minnesota's freight transportation network — particularly in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota — are invited to a Great Northern Corridor Coalition project and planning seminar held Sept. 18, 2014 in the Gateway Room of the St. Paul Union Depot, 214 4th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Get up-to-date information on Phase I of the Great Northern Corridor Multi-State Planning and Development Study underway. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to provide input to Phase II project development efforts that will follow in 2015. Please RSVP to Dave Christianson (651-366-3710) or Patrick Phenow (651-366-3672).

Upper St. Anthony Falls lock permanently closed

The closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis brings an end to 72 jobs (44 directly on the river). The amount of freight handled — the equivalent of 594 commercial lockages — will likely be added to already congested rail and road systems in the metro area. While closing locks and waterways can prevent the migration of invasive species, it may also affect efforts to enhance global trade, the cost of moving goods, air pollution emissions, traffic safety and congestion, and economic competitiveness.

Minnesota waterways to benefit from new water resources law

The efforts of Minnesota ports to create jobs and grow the economy will benefit from a new federal law that invests in water infrastructure. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) ultimately promotes U.S. competitiveness by improving critical processes, policies and funding. Learn more.

Thank you for your input on first Statewide Ports and Waterways plan

Written comments accepted Nov. 25 through Dec. 27, 2013 on the Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan have undergone review. Thanks for your input!