Hundreds of millions of dollars are coming to improve locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The funding is part of the recently passed infrastructure bill from Biden Administration.
$732 million will be directed to Lock and Dam 25, north of St. Louis and millions more to locks on the Illinois river. Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the improvements are a long time coming for infrastructure that was built when Franklin Roosevelt was president.
Lock and Dam 25 will be expanded to allow for the passage of 1200 foot barge tows.