Port of Kansas City to reopen for barge traffic

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) โ€” The port of Kansas City’s barge-shipping terminal will reopen after being closed since 2007.

The Port Authority of Kansas City said Tuesday it is partnering with Kaw Valley Companies of Kansas City, Kansas, to operate the Woodswether Terminal. It will initially employ five to seven people.
Port Authority vice president Marissa Cleaver Wamble says the partners hope to have the terminal open for barge traffic before this year’s shipping season ends in early December.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1uGJ1BB) the city-owned terminal can store about 750,000 tons. It closed seven years ago because low water levels on the Missouri River reduced barge traffic.
Wamble says about $6 million in upgrades is needed to also reopen the port to rail traffic.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com