The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosted an Inland Waterways Industry Day Dec. 15 to update the status and budget of lock construction and maintenance projects, and to facilitate the conversation between USACE and the barge industry on current issues related to waterways and infrastructure.
During the meeting, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor stressed the economic and environmental benefits of the U.S. inland waterways system.
USACE provided updates of ongoing construction projects by its district commanders.
Also discussed was USACE’s Capital Investment Strategy (CIS) and its role in prioritizing projects and allocating USACE’s budget, particularly so with the $2.5 billion in funding from the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
On the day before the meeting, USACE arranged for Secretary Connor and industry representatives to visit Mississippi River Lock 25 (near Winfield, MO) and Lock 26 (near Alton, IL).
USACE tentatively plans to host three quarterly Inland Waterways meetings (such as Industry Days or User Board Meetings) in 2022 and encourages the industry to continue the open dialogue.