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. We are already on a 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 financially viability, providing a cost savings to customers, providing public benefits (emission reduction.)


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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