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- Learn about commercial waterways
- Learn about the Port Development Assistance Program
- See the Draft Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan
- See overall waterways activity levels
- See ports and waterways publications
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.
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.
MnDOT's 2014 construction program includes work on 29 projects statewide that will improve safety at ports and railroad crossings. (An additional 74 projects in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota will improve highways, bridges and other infrastructure.) The work includes projects funded by the Corridors of Commerce program, a bonding effort aimed at improving roadways for freight travel. For a complete list of projects, including dates, traffic impacts and maps, visit www.mndot.gov/construction.
Written comments accepted Nov. 25 through Dec. 27, 2013 on the Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan have undergone review. Thanks for your input!