Report: Deepen Mississippi River for bigger cargo ships
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says the Mississippi River should be dredged so three southeast Louisiana ports can accept the bigger cargo ships built to take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion.
Many other U.S. ports either already have completed similar projects or are trying to get them approved.
Parts of the shipping channel are now about 42 to 45 feet deep. The plan calls for increasing that depth to 50 feet.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports that the corps plans to use some of the dredged-up silt to make more than 1,460 acres of new wetlands.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development would pay $45.7 million of the estimated $88.9 million cost. The corps estimates $96.8 million in net annual benefits to the U.S. economy.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Car linked to suspect in Lafayette triple murder found in Iberville Parish
Walker man shot to death Tuesday after physical fight escalated, police say
Feds say an upscale home on East Lakeshore drive was the center...
Hammond home invaders attempted to execute 7-year-old; police say gun misfired
Now that new Livingston Parish development has passed, what's the plan for...
Fans' Choice Player of the Week 4: Central's Glen Cage
Plaquemine's Jayden Rogers leading the Green Devils through music
Southeastern knocks off #4 Incarnate Word on Eli Sawyer game winning touchdown...
McKinley High's homecoming football game canceled after bench-clearing brawl broke out between...
LSU Baseball team volunteers with Baton Rouge's Miracle League