Missouri River Barge Terminal Officially Opens Near Blencoe, Iowa | Local News
The port can load and unload six to nine barges at a time. There have already been eight barge entries and exits in the past six weeks, NEW Cooperative general manager Dan Dix said. Two more were due to arrive Wednesday evening.
Each barge has the capacity to transport 50,000 bushels of grain. Navigating the river with 72 barges a year eliminates the need for 80,000 grain semi-trailers, Dix said.
The port gives the cooperative direct access to export markets and offers a third option for the transportation of grain, beyond the current train and trucks.
Because water navigation is more profitable than the truck or train, the barge terminal allows the co-op to reduce freight costs, Dix said.
While Wednesday’s festivities marked the official opening of the port, there are still a few terminal related projects to be completed.
The Monona County Board of Supervisors successfully applied for a state RISE grant of over $ 1 million to pave a gravel road in Blencoe, Pop. 224, to the harbor, west of Interstate 29.
Dix said construction of the road is expected to begin this fall.
Two other future projects include a ladder and offices, as well as a new commercial building.
Proponents say barges are good for the environment and driving safety because they remove more trucks from crowded highways like Interstate 80, reducing accidents and harmful emissions.