The LaGrange Lock and Dam and the Upper Mississippi Lock and Dam 25 are vital pieces of the marine highway for agricultural commerce, linking the upper Mississippi and Illinois basin farmlands to export markets reachable through the Louisiana Gulf. Each year, more than ten million tons of corn and soybeans transit this lock down-bound for export, and the region’s agriculture is equally served by up-bound fertilizer movement.
In addition, the LaGrange Lock and Dam serve as an integral component in the navigation system linking the Chicago Area and Great Lakes Waterway Systems to the rest of the U.S.
As Americans, we simply cannot stand by and not invest in our infrastructure, costing American companies $1.7 billion additional in transport costs and, more importantly, costing the U.S.A. our competitiveness.
We must secure appropriations (funding) to rebuild our locks and dams.