They're vital to our waterways, but the lock and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers are beginning to show their age.
Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack joined Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to announce a proposed bill that would encourage public and private partnerships to help speed up projects along the river.
Several pieces of equipment at Lock and Dam 15 along the Mississippi River are more than 70 years old.
"Every single one of these facilities was built in the heart of the great depression," says Rep. Braley. "So don't tell me in a time of economic recession when finances are tight, we can't afford not to continue to invest in our infrastructure."
They say there's more than $60 billion in backlogged projects along the river that need to get done.
"We need to make sure we're supporting our number one industries," says Rep. Bustos. "We need to make sure that our economy stay strong and that we have a navigable waterway to make that happen."
All three legislators add there's a definite sense of urgency to upgrade these locks and dams before any major issues arise.
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