iiTECHNICAL REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE.1. Report No.: 2. Government Accession No.:3. Recipient's Catalog No.:OR 06-0124. Title and Subtitle: 5. Report Date:March 20066. Performing Organization Code:Missouri Public Port Authorities:Assessment of Importance and Needs.7. Author(s): 8. Performing Organization ReportNo.:Matthew B McMichael, Sherrie Martin, Ernie Perry.9. Performing Organization Name and Address: 10. Work Unit No.:11. Contract or Grant No.:Missouri Department of TransportationOrganizational ResultsPO BOX 270, JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102TA06054212. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address: 13. Type of Report and PeriodCovered:Final Report.14. Sponsoring Agency Code:Missouri Department of TransportationOrganizational ResultsPO BOX 270, JEFFERSON CITY MO 6510215. Supplementary Notes:The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Transportation, FederalHighway Administration.16. Abstract:The purpose of this report was to assess the importance and needs of Missouri’s fourteen Public PortAuthorities. It includes relevant assessment of Missouri’s waterways in general. Waterways have aneconomy of scale unlike any other mode of transportation, carrying the most weight at the least cost.Missouri’s waterways carry more than 34 million tons of cargo annually, worth an estimated $2 billionannually. Public Port Authorities reported more than 2.7 million tons of cargo annually, worth an estimated$190 million annually. They also have acreage, development, employment, and businesses worth millionsof dollars. They reported service to 36 Missouri counties and 6 other states while Missouri’s waterwayshave the potential to serve 83 counties. The Missouri River in particular has a potential to serve morecounties and communities than it does. The primary beneficiary of Public Port Authorities and waterwaysin general are farmers, with secondary benefits to other businesses and related economies affecting most of Missouri. Port authorities reported needs in the order of millions of dollars per year with most reportedneeds being infrastructure or short-term needs. A Missouri River navigation season that is better, longer,and more reliable is a common need reported by all three Missouri River Public Port Authorities. It is acommon need of more than 23 Missouri counties, more than 50 small Missouri communities, dozens of private Missouri ports, and the farmers of most Missouri counties.17. Key Words: 18. Distribution Statement:Ports, Missouri Public Port Authorities, Waterways,Waterborne Commerce, Mississippi River, MissouriRiver.No restrictions. This document is available tothe public through National TechnicalInformation Center, Springfield, Virginia 22161.19. Security Classification (of thisreport):20. Security Classification (of thispage):21. No of Pages:22. Price:Unclassified. Unclassified. 110.
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