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Re: Money
« Reply #255 on: December 06, 2017, 06:08:29 pm »
Wooden Dams And River Jams Strain US Grain Exports

December 5, 2017 by Reuters

by Karl Plume

SNIPPET 1:

America’s worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.

Such delays are worsening on the nation’s waterways, which are critical to commerce for the United States, the largest grain exporter in the world. Of the country’s $40 billion in annual grain and soybean exports, about 60 percent is moved by barges on rivers, including the Ohio.

The shutdown, caused by worn or missing sections of a dam, snarled traffic from early September into early November through Locks & Dam No. 52 near Paducah, Kentucky. It was the second shutdown in two months at No. 52, which is among the country’s busiest locks with about $22 billion a year of commodities flowing through it.

The lock, which has been earmarked for replacement by the Army Corps of Engineers for three decades, is one of many choke points along 25,000 miles of waterways used to transport everything from grains to consumer goods to coal.

SNIPPET 2:

Most of the country’s 239 locks have exceeded their half-century design lives, and nearly half the vessels that use the nation’s inland waterways now experience delays, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The average delay per lock has nearly doubled on the waterways since the beginning of the century, rising to 121 minutes in 2014 from 64 minutes in 2000, the group said.

Full article with several pictures:

http://gcaptain.com/wooden-dams-river-jams-strain-us-grain-exports/

Agelbert NOTE: Trump is doing NOTHING to solve this infrastructure problem. Right wingers and Libertarian MORONS think the "free market" will take care of this by privatizing every single bit of infrastructure our GOVERNMENT BUILT. These brain dead IDIOTS do not understand that privatizing all that infrastructure is exactly how you will cause food prices to SKYROCKET. Greed has so deranged these right wingers of all types that they can no longer think past their Trump worshipping insanity.  >:(
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