Several members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation are pushing for federal funding to be used on the Upper Mississippi River System. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressmen Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Jason Smith have co-signed a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stressing the need to modernize the locks and dams throughout the river system. Blunt says infrastructure improvements are needed to stay competitive as a key shipping avenue.
Blunt says funding from the $2.5 billion dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would be a start in solving the river system’s problems. The Upper Mississippi River System includes the Missouri and Illinois Rivers.