In decades past, barges would go up and down the Missouri River all the time. It was a common sight, and it made good economic sense for the towns along the river. Now, barge traffic has become increasingly rare.
The Missouri River can be a driver for economic growth again. One way for that to become a reality is if the U.S. Department of Transportation designates the river from Kansas City to Sioux City, Iowa, as a Marine Highway corridor.
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Sam Graves of Tarkio, Mo., is a member of the U.S. House representing Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District.