You could see a lot more barges navigating the Missouri River.
Gov. Mike Parson signed the bill this year giving over 100 acres of land downstream from Jefferson City to the Heartland River Port.
Rick Mihalevich, the chairman of the Port Authority, said they will use it to develop a new barge port.
“The key to this port is it [will be] a public port. We would take anyone who wants to use the port as a customer,” said Mihalevich.
Mihalevich said he is actively seeking private partners to help build the $75 million operation. It would be built near the National Guard Training Site adjacent to the Algoa Prison.
The Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri was scheduled to meet Tuesday morning.