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Despite Decades of Delays, a U.S. Team's River Infrastructure Project Deliver Long-Term Value
As the busiest inland commercial shipping route in the United States, the Ohio River is a valuable link in the country's economy. More than 80 million tons of grain, coal and other commodities pass through each year—together worth more than US$22 billion. So when antiquated locks and dams at one juncture began causing serious transit delays decades ago, the U.S. government knew it had to fix the bottleneck as quickly as possible.