Nov 12-14, 2024  •  Morial Convention Center  •  New Orleans, LA

Agenda Session

Inland Waterways Infrastructure Update

Nov 29 2023

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Main Stage

MODERATOR: Matt Collins, Content Specialist, WorkBoat Magazine, Diversified Communications

America’s aging inland waterways infrastructure has been an increasing concern for decades, but now with the passage of the historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill last year, projects and maintenance that have been deferred for years may finally be completed. From the bipartisan infrastructure bill, $17 billion should be poured directly into inland waterways, coastal ports, and land ports of entry.

Join a panel of experts as they sit down to provide us with an update on the new infrastructure deal and how each project has been progressing, how big the backlog of old projects is, and updates to the legislation. 

Key Takeaways:

• Since the passing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, over 80 waterways projects to improve the inland waterways have been identified. How are these projects progressing?

• How big is the backlog of older projects and what is a realistic timeframe for completion?

• Updates in the infrastructure legislation.

• How the tug and barge industry has been dealing with supply chain hurdles.


Mark Wright

The American Waterways Operators

- Vice President - Southern Region

Waterways Council

- President/CEO

US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

- Director, Office of Financial Approvals

U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

- Gateway Director, Central Gulf and Southern Rivers

WorkBoat Magazine, Diversified Communications

- Content Specialist

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