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AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

America’s aging locks could be to blame for higher food and coal prices,  according to the Wall Street Journal. Nearly 80 percent of lock sites with commercial traffic had an unexpected outage in 2016, up from 71 percent in 1993, pushing shippers to move commodities by truck or rail, rather than by barge. According to an analysis by the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, moving such shipments off rivers would increase shipping costs by nearly $200 million.

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