The public is invited to comment on the Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the first-ever plan for ports and waterways in Minnesota promotes a safe, efficient and cost-effective system for freight shippers in an era of constrained resources. Public comments will be accepted through December 27.
Four ports on Lake Superior and five ports on 222 miles of the Mississippi River...including Winona's port...now provide essential transportation connections and access to national and international markets. The plan identifies opportunities, challenges and strategies to improve freight movement along this system and establish consistent federal and state funding sources.
In June, MnDOT presented the plan in Duluth, Winona and St. Paul through a series of open house meetings.
The plan recommends improvements to system infrastructure, capacity, technology and logistics and a mix of public and private investment. Stronger partnerships at federal, state and local levels are also identified as key to the port and waterway system's success......