Senator backs push to deepen Miss. river

Aug 23, 2013 | 02:52 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, Panama Canal, dredging, federal funding, David Vitter, Big River Coalition, Sean Duffy, Tim Ryan Corinna Petry

CHICAGO – Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) is backing calls to deepen the Mississippi river to 50 feet so that ports on the waterway can accept cargo from post-Panamax size vessels.

A project allowing larger ships to pass through the Panama Canal will be completed in 2015, and the U.S. shipping industry is scrambling to get federal dollars and private funding to widen or deepen harbors, ports and waterways.

Adequate facilities are required for, among other things, the large amount of commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, imported and exported by the United States every year.....

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