Inland waterways and river navigation play an integral role in our region’s economy. The Port of Pittsburgh is the nation’s third busiest inland port, processing more than 35 million tons of freight each year. The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce supports regular reauthorizations of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), with a key focus on southwestern Pennsylvania’s waterways.
In WRDA 2016, our advocacy collaboration with the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, has been successful in getting the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite their review of the Upper Ohio River Navigation Study. This study was needed in order to include the Upper Ohio River project in WRDA. This project will provide a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment to rehabilitate the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams. These locks and dams provide our manufacturers and energy producers with critical access to our inland waterways. This project, a key regional infrastructure priority, is critical to economic development, job growth and an improved quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania.
View Recent Communications on Transportation Infrastructure
- Letter to SWPA Congressional delegation in support of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) (December 2016)
- Letter to SWPA Congressional delegation addressing priorities in lame-duck session (November 2016)
- Column by Matt Smith in Pittsburgh Business Times (November 2016)
- Letter on Upper Ohio River Navigation Study (March 2016)