SEMO port expanding, upgrading its rail system

More than $2.78 million in improvements are either in progress or scheduled to be completed this year at the SEMO Port with funding from state and federal grants.

As the port continues to ship out more tons of cargo, upgrades to its railway and roadways are needed.

“We’re looking to handle more traffic in the future and try to get ahead of the game,” said Dan Overbey, executive director.

The bulk of the funds, $1.95 million, will go toward expanding and upgrading railroad infrastructure at the port.

The volume of products being shipped by rail at SEMO Port has grown significantly over the years. The port steadily moves corn, soybeans, ethanol, steel, cement and rock, among other products, Overbey said.

[Southeast Missourian]