The Drought is starting to severely impact shipping along the Mississippi River as water levels continue to drop.
The region’s shipping companies have had to lighten their loads to keep from running aground and that’s starting to cut into their bottom lines.
Some Mississippi River tugboats will be getting an upgrade thanks to a federal grant aimed at reducing air pollution.
The more than $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will go toward new, cleaner-burning diesel engines for the tugboats.
One of those boats was on view this morning at JB Marine Service, Inc., the barge cleaning and repair company that received the EPA grant.
Missouri state and local officials are looking for ways to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure during a climate of limited funds.
The so-called "Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri Transportation Needs" met in Chesterfield and will hold similar meetings around the state this spring and summer.
MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the agency has roughly half the money to spend that it did just several years ago.
If you heard that a barge hit the Martin Luther King bridge, it's true, but don't worry about adjusting your commute to avoid this part of the mighty Mississippi.
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