What is M-49 and what is a Marine Highway Project?

The U. S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration has designated Marine Highway Routes that basically run parallel to Interstate Highways. A Marine Highway Route is simply a navigable waterway that moves freight. The Ports of Morgan City, Krotz Springs, Avoyelles Parish, Natchitoches Parish, Red River Parish, Central Louisiana and Caddo-Bossier are all located on designated Marine Highway Route M-49. M-49 includes the portion of the Red River known as the J. Bennett Johnson Waterway and the Atchafalaya River, which is associated with I-49. A Marine Highway Project is a service that moves freight. In order to have a Marine Highway Project application approved, the applicant has to meet certain criteria such as financial viability, providing a cost savings to customers, and providing public benefits (emission reduction.)

The Atchafalaya and Red River Ports and the Red River Waterway Commission hosted a round table in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration to look for new opportunities to increase waterway traffic along the designated M-49 Route.

Below are links to more information on this important project:


National Waterways Conference Gulf Ports Assoc of the Americas Louisiana Industrial Develpment Esecutives Assoc Ports Association of Louisiana Gulf Intracostal Canal Association Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals US Coast Guard Houma

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