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Long-Range Transportation PlanPolicy and Implementation: Ports 


Port needs include capital needs and landside access. Capital needs include levee maintenance, facilities, locks, docks, handling equipment, harbor maintenance and utilities. Meeting the capital needs for public ports in the next 20 years requires an investment of approximately $160 million Landside access refers to railroad and roadway access to the terminal. Current and projected landside access needs are unknown.

Table 6
Public Ports Investment Goals
(millions of dollars)


20-Year Capital Investment

Cost to Achieve

Desired Result

Capital needs



Landside Access






Public port funding varies from year to year, based on funding decisions by the General Assembly. The annual funding gap is $5 million. This relatively small investment is needed to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure of a vital transportation asset.

MoDOT is adopting policies to ensure it invests wisely in its public ports to ensure their continued viability.

MoDOT will conduct a review of state highway access to port zones, address waterway commerce needs, and ensure maximum availability of navigation services. It will plan, facilitate and provide funding assistance to projects that connect with other transportation modes.

MoDOT supports the Missouri Port Authority Association in the development of capital improvements for ports. MoDOT also will advocate the maintenance of river channels, locks and dams.

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