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More needs to be done to address the aging lock and dam infrastructure in the Midwest. Ag and transportation groups continue to bring attention to the nation’s aging system on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
Paul Rohde with the Waterways Council says Congress needs to step up and take control of the conversation because the Trump administration is slow to address it:
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He says the overwhelming problem is the aging infrastructure was primarily built 80 years ago with 19th century river traffic in mind. While there have been upgrades, including the newer lock and dam in Alton opened in the early 1990s, most structures date back to the mid 20th century.