U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), today, announced new legislation to address current problems facing locks and dams serving the Port of Pittsburgh, which is the 2nd largest inland river port in the nation. Senator Casey's Reinvesting In Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways Act of 2013, also known as the RIVER Act, will help ensure lock and dams project stay on schedule and on budget. This bill will also increase the overall investment in waterways projects.
"Our region's locks and dams play a vital role in the moving of commerce, creating and sustaining jobs, and supporting economic growth throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. It's critical that we maintain and upgrade these waterways," Senator Casey said. "This legislation is about increasing investments in our waterways and reforming the current process to reduce waste and limit cost overruns. This bill will make our waterways more effective and efficient."