The American Society of Civil Engineers made a strong case for big investment in inland waterways when it released its yearly assessment of the state of U.S. infrastructure. The early-March assessment provides a wake-up call for policymakers by shining a light on the immense need for greater investment in improvements and maintenance of our national infrastructure. ASCE graded overall U.S. infrastructure a C-minus; inland waterways received a D-minus grade.
Of all the 17 infrastructure categories ASCE rated, inland waterways received one of the lowest scores – a D-plus. Many ILTA terminal members partner closely with barge companies to keep goods moving in and out of their facilities, contributing to local economies and interstate commerce. Some ILTA companies like Canal Barge are both terminal operators and barge operators. These companies have a special appreciation for the importance of our national waterways network.
ASCE suggested several ways to raise the inland waterways grade, including:
ILTA shares these goals and intends to urge Congress to provide adequate funding to inland waterways and all the modes of transportation that allow movement of the essential products to and from terminals.