Kaskaskia River Regional Port Small Navigation Project Feasibility Study

Authority:

Section 107 of the River and Harbor Act of 1960 (P.L. 86-645), as amended, authorizes the Secretary of the Army, through the Chief of Engineers, to plan and construct small navigation improvement projects that have not already been specifically authorized by Congress (33 USC 577).

Non-Federal Sponsor:   

Kaskaskia Regional Port District (KRPD)

Study Background:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and KRPD have entered into a partnership to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate a range of alternatives for improving the economic efficiency of the KRPD Terminal 2 for commercial navigation.

KRPD Terminal 2 is located west of Baldwin, Illinois, in Randolph County, Illinois near river mile (RM) 18 on the Kaskaskia River, approximately 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The port terminal is located on an oxbow on the west side (right descending bank) of the Kaskaskia River.

The terminal currently facilitates the movement of products such as liquid and dry bulk commodities and heavy manufactured goods such as steel and aluminum. Freight is moved between the waterway, highway, and railroads at the facility. As result of growing industries and increasing demands, KRPD Terminal 2 is at risk of experiencing limitations on future capacity needs. KRPD requested assistance from the St. Louis District to evaluate navigation improvements.

The Federal Interest Determination (FID) Report was approved by USACE Mississippi Valley Division in October of 2020. A Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement (FCSA) with the non-Federal Sponsor was executed in May of 2021.

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