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3 Port Projects Get $698K in Grants

The grants fund capital improvements and facilitate dredging projects. read more >
Construction / Transportation

Fort Smith to Benefit From Deeper River

The Port of Fort Smith sits on a portion of the river shipping channel that is 26 feet deep, plenty deep for the heaviest of barges that could come th read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

State Awards Grants for Mississippi River Port Improvements

The Crittenden County Port Authority was awarded $1 million to remove metal dolphins and replace a mooring pylon north of the dock to improve dangerous water flow conditions. read more >
The Montgomery Point Lock and Dam at the confluence of the Mississippi and White rivers marks the entrance channel into the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
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Biden Budget Includes $149M for Three Rivers ProjectLock Icon

President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $149 million for the Three Rivers Project, which officials say would prevent an economically devastating shutdown of the 50-year-old McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. read more >
Josh Thompson of McGriff Transportation in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Transportation

McGriff Adds Three to Little Rock Office (Movers & Shakers)

Josh Thompson, Daniel Johnson and Holly Williams have been hired at McGriff Transportation in Little Rock. read more >
Alex Smith and Paige Witcher of MCE in Little Rock.
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Transportation

Alex Smith Moves Up at MCE (Movers & Shakers)

Alex Smith has been promoted to senior associate at MCE in Little Rock. read more >
The Helena Bridge spans the Mississippi River, carrying travelers on U.S. 49 into Arkansas.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal / Transportation

Phillips County Looks to Sun for FutureLock Icon

More than $8.5 million of new and pending utility improvement projects are underway in and around Helena-West Helena. Pieces of the infrastructure puzzle are moving into place to enhance local economic prospects as well as industrial recruitment. read more >
Lisa ThompsonArkansas Department of Career Education in Little Rock
Education / Government & Politics / Transportation

Lisa Thompson Promoted at Arkansas Department of Career Education (Movers & Shakers)

Lisa Thompson has been named personnel manager of the Arkansas Department of Career Education in Little Rock. read more >
Government & Politics / Transportation

Helena Harbor Receives $180K Grant

The Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority (Helena Harbor) announced Friday that it has been awarded a $180,000 Arkansas Waterways Commission grant to improve water supply lines at the site in anticipation of a new water tower. read more >
The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority's harbor district includes this river terminal, operated by Kinder Morgan.
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Transportation

Pine Bluff Port Authority To Spend $106K On Rail Rehab

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority contracts with Trac-Work Inc. of Little Rock to rehabilitate rail track infrastructure for nearly $106,000. read more >
John Edwards, economic development director of the Helena Harbor: “We’ve overcome what I call the most serious infrastructure challenges that we’ve faced.”
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Helena Harbor Gets Back On Track

A dedication for Enviro Tech Chemical Co.’s $15 million plant at the Helena Harbor in 2015 attracted more than 300 people, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson. But behind the scenes, trouble loomed for the Phillips County harbor. read more >
Government & Politics / Transportation

5 Arkansas Ports Get $450k for Improvements

The ports will receive $450,644.42 through the Arkansas Ports, Intermodal and Waterways Grant to support capital improvements. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Transportation

National Waterways Conference Set for Little Rock in 2015

The National Waterways Conference will take place in Little Rock next year. read more >
Manufacturing / Transportation

Public Ports Eligible for Waterways Grants

Public ports and facilities are eligible for a new grant program of the Arkansas Waterways Commission. read more >
Paul Latture
Construction / Manufacturing / Transportation

Paul Latture Gives Port of Little Rock Last Glance

Paul Latture has announced his retirement effective July 1, which is about the time the Port Authority’s new $1.9 million headquarters building is scheduled to open. The new Arkansas River Resource Center occupies 4.2 acres on the banks of the Arkansas River and will also be home to the Little Rock Port Authority Shortline Railroad and the Arkansas Waterways Commission. read more >
Business Services / Transportation

Update: Bruce Oakley Buys Johnston’s Port 33 in Oklahoma

Bruce Oakley Inc., the $1 billion revenue transportation company headquartered in North Little Rock, strikes a deal to buy the largest private terminal operator on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. read more >
Energy / Transportation

UPDATE: I-30, Clinton Pedestrian Bridges Pass State Inspections After Barge Incident

The state highway department says two bridges across the Arkansas River that were struck by loose barges over the weekend have passed another inspection. read more >
During the drought of 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made sure the Mississippi River had at least 9 feet of depth for navigation.
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy / Manufacturing / Transportation

U.S. Army Corps Kept Traffic Moving on Mississippi During Drought of 2012

The Midwestern drought of 2012 nearly closed barge traffic on parts of the Mississippi River. read more >
Government & Politics / Tourism / Transportation

Arkansas River: Geographic Divide Connects to Markets

The Arkansas River is one of four waterway systems in the state. The other navigable waterways are the Mississippi, White and Ouachita rivers, and the future of commerce on the Arkansas River is closely tied to the other waterways. read more >