GRANITE CITY — Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, administrator of U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau visited the recently opened Madison Harbor at America’s Central Port on Sept. 12.
They participated in the Administrators’ Roundtable on the Freight Economy held by Bi-State Development Agency Monday morning in downtown St. Louis.
After the roundtable, Jaenichen, Nadeau and regional transportation professionals toured logistics areas, including St. Louis River Terminal, Lange-Stegmann and America’s Central Port.
While at the port, Jaenichen presented Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the port’s executive director, with a plaque to recognize the port district for its Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation for the potential future movement of sea containers on river barges.
“The planning and investment in infrastructure by the port district has been impressive,” Jaenichen said. “This river facility is like a field of dreams to those of us in the transportation industry. The design of this facility brings together the three major modes of freight transportation at a location that creates lock- and ice-free transportation, saving operators both time and money, and ultimately creating endless transportation opportunities for the region.”
“We are grateful for this award,” Wilmsmeyer said. “The port district strongly believes in reinvestment in the infrastructure so that we as a region may continue to grow and thrive.”
The designation was in large part due to the work done by the Illinois Soybean Association for grain export to overseas markets in containers. The project designation makes the future container-on-barge opportunities at America’s Central Port eligible for federal funding.