Army Corps begins study on dredging the Mississippi River
BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers just started a study this month to look into deepening the Mississippi River.
As of now, the river can accommodate ships with a draft of 45 feet. The Corps wants to deepen the river by 5 feet to accommodate bigger ships.
People who work along the Mississippi River told News 2 the current depth limits some ships' cargo space, making them haul less so they can make it through the more shallow section of the river.
"It would be like a bus riding around with not a full load of people," said Zeland Deloach.
Deloach is the owner of a local barge company. He said the project could mean more jobs for people and more money for the economy.
"Theoretically somebody is going to be able to operate more efficient, and be able to employ more people," said Deloach.
The Corps said the study should last about three years and cost no more than $3 million. Army Corps of Engineers officials will seek public input at a May 28 meeting in Baton Rouge, 6 p.m. at The Louisiana State Police Training Academy.