Army Corps details $2.2 billion in new spending on inland waterways

(WASHINGTON) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its spending plans outlining the specific inland waterways projects that were allocated funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Specifically, the spending plans will fund the following inland navigation construction projects at $2.22 billion:

• Kentucky Lock (Tennessee River): $465.49 million (funded to completion)
• Montgomery Lock (Ohio River): $857.71 million (funded to completion)
• Lock and Dam 25 (Upper Mississippi River) (Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP): $732 million (funded to completion)
• Three Rivers (Arkansas River): $109.15 million (spending plan summary lists this as funded to completion, but the project is authorized for $184.39 million)
• T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam (Illinois Waterway) (major rehabilitation): $52.52 million (funded to completion)

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Additionally, as part of NESP’s ecosystem restoration component, a fish passage at Lock 22 is funded at $97.10 million to complete the design and to initiate construction.

“Today’s release of inland waterways infrastructure funds will not only advance the inland waterways construction portfolio, but also create thousands of skilled jobs for America’s building trades, make American farmers more competitive, and promote energy security,” said Tracy Zea, president and CEO of the Waterways Council Inc. “WCI thanks its members and supporters on Capitol Hill who helped to push this funding over the goal line.”

– Waterways Council Inc.

By Rich Miller