Earlier this week the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, announced that it will reopen its Woodswether Terminal in partnership with Kaw Valley Companies as the new operator. The port has been closed for seven years. This public-private partnership will provide an improved, efficient freight movement service that will benefit Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding region.
The revitalized operations will allow for an additional freight transportation option — along the Missouri River — using the less congested inland waterways and existing infrastructure of the port. Just last year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced the designation of M-29 (the stretch of the Missouri River from Kansas City, Mo., to Sioux City, Iowa) as part of the Marine Highway Program. The Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, applied for this marine highway designation to allow transport of cargo on water routes, which can enhance safety and reduce pollution and congestion on roadways. Other marine highways serving the Kansas City region include M-70, the Missouri River from Kansas City to the Mississippi River at St. Louis, and M-55, the Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.
Port Authority leaders see the reopening as an opportunity for our waterway resources to become a regional economic catalyst, helping to support and expand rail and road shipping services in the region. The group’s mission is to promote the economic vitality of Kansas City, Missouri, through trade, commerce and transportation.