QUINCY (WGEM) -- City officials said the decision by the state of Illinois to grant Quincy a $743,200 grant to raise the regional barge dock above the flood stage is a great boost for the area's economy.
According to the project summary, the goal is to raise the dock anywhere from three to three-and-a-half feet which would allow it to stay open during high water events.
Planning Director Chuck Bevelheimer said, on average, 200 barges unload roughly 300,000 tons of raw material each year for local industries like Huber Manufactured Materials , Prince Agri Products, ADM and SEM Minerals.
City officials said the improvement is needed as, based on tonnage, the 2020 Illinois Marine Transportation System Planning Study found Adams County to be the 10th largest port on the Mississippi River, and nearly the 100th largest in the United States.
"That's an inexpensive delivery route for products so the longer we can operate that, the better it is for the industrial clients that we have," Mayor Mike Troup said.
The project would also include elevating the two roads leading to dock, West Harrison Street and South 1st Street, as well as the reconstruction of the 550-square yard concrete loading pad.
The project is expected to go out for bid in the late fall with construction expected to take place during the winter.
The total cost of the project comes out to $1,339,700. The city will provide the rest of the $596,500 with the money coming from the city's barge dock fund and customer fee revenue generated by the dock.