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Blunt heralds surge in Mississippi River transportation



Roy Blunt | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Roy Blunt | Courtesy of Creative Commons

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the new Jefferson County port downriver from St. Louis is one of the most exciting things happening in the state because the widening of the Panama Canal will make it a prime spot for a bustling barge facility. “I think the Mississippi River is about to become more important than it has been in 100 years,” Blunt said after a tour of the port in Herculaneum.

Blunt said that widening, expected to be ready in 2016, presents ample business and job opportunities locally, especially when the locations of highways, rivers and railroads are taken into account. The Jefferson County Port Authority says the port could support between 6,500 and 7,800 permanent, full-time jobs in the county.

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