IMPACT OF COMPLETED NAVIGATION PROJECTS

The assessment of the impacts of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System since its completion in 1971 by the U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources and the Southwestern Division Corps of Engineers is reviewed. The assessment covered navigation and ports, hydropower, flood control, recreation, sediment control, and other purposes, as well as the impact of the project on national and regional economies and in the social and environmental areas. The general trends of the early years of operation are that aggregate benefits have exceeded costs, but that the composition of benefits is quite different from that anticipated. The regional response has been uneven, and there has been only limited waterfront industrial development in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The transportation economcy of the region has been affected significantly by the introduction of a new mode. The new river ports are acting as intermodal transfer points and serving other important distrbution functions, and in many cases are prime locations for industrial development parks. The wider range of modal choice has affected transportation rate structures and reduced rates to counter the competition of the new mode are not uncommon. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 19-24
  • Monograph Title: INLAND WATERWAY REPORTS AND ISSUES
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025990
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM