Data Shows Barge Traffic is Down in Dubuque

Bridge 1.JPG The Julien Dubuque Bridge seen through trees at Cleveland Park Tuesday. Th photo by Dave Kettering--11/12/02-deadline

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Barge traffic through the Mississippi River lock in Dubuque fell sharply last year.

Data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows about 11,600 kilotons of commodities traveled through Lock and Dam No. 11 on the northern edge of Dubuque in 2013. A kiloton is equal to 1,000 tons.

The Telegraph Herald reports that's a 16 percent drop from the year before, when about 13,800 kilotons went through the area.

Local shipping experts say smaller yields in 2012 from a drought had a carry-over effect, but it should level out this year. Still, shipping through Dubuque has fallen by more than 40 percent since 2000.

Officials say that gradual decline can be attributed to domestic demand for corn, as well as the aging infrastructure along the upper Mississippi.

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