Missouri gets new waterway designations

Monday, August 23, 2010 | 6:51 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Parts of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers have some new names.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has assigned numbers to the nation's main waterways that are similar to the numbering system used on interstate highways. The effort is called the Marine Highway Program.

The M-55 marine corridor includes part of the Mississippi River from St. Louis on southward. The Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis is part of the M-70 marine corridor.

The designation could carry the potential for special federal funding that would provide port improvements along the rivers. The goal is partly to reduce the amount of freight that travels on interstate highways bearing similar names.


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