Leaders seek improved freight connection between St. Louis and New Orleans

The newly formed St. Louis Regional Freightway, a business enterprise launched by Bi-State Development to capitalize on the region’s freight transportation network, is looking to better link the St. Louis region to the Port of New Orleans.

But an improved freight link between the two ports means means changing habits, said Gary LaGrange, president and chief executive of the New Orleans port.

About 105 million tons of cargo pass through the St. Louis region annually with 35 million tons crossing area docks.

The two major ports are America’s Central Port in Granite City and the St. Louis Port District in St. Louis.

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, executive director of America’s Central Port, said that looking at supply chain opportunities and taking advantage of connections by barge and by rail are key steps in better linking New Orleans and St. Louis freight operations.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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