Fort Smith, Fayetteville Mayors See Need for Deeper Arkansas River

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 12:00 am  

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System opened to commercial traffic in 1970 and helps transport goods up the 420-foot rise in elevation between the Mississippi River and Catoosa, Okla. (Photo by Tre Baker)

Many mayors of Arkansas cities would like to see the Arkansas River's shipping channel deepened from 9 feet to 12 feet to facilitate more efficient barge traffic. Deeper water means heavier barges, and that means lower shipping costs, which means cheaper products for the rest of us.

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