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eNews • November 6, 2015
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Did You Know?

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated as the C&O Canal operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. The canal's principal cargo was coal from the Allegheny Mountains.

Construction on the 184.5-mile canal began in 1828 and ended in 1850 with the completion of a 50-mile stretch to Cumberland. Rising and falling over an elevation change of 605 feet, it required the construction of 74 canal locks, 11 aqueducts to cross major streams, more than 240 culverts to cross smaller streams, and the 3,118 ft. Paw Paw Tunnel. A planned section to the Ohio River at Pittsburgh was never built.

The canal way is now maintained as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, with a trail that follows the old towpath.

Source: Wikipedia

Semi weight limit amendment falls short in the House

Semi weight limit amendment falls short in the House

On November 3rd, during floor debate of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (“the Highway Bill”), the House of Representatives voted to defeat the “Safe Trucking Act” amendment proposed by Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) that would have allowed states to permit 6 axle, 91,000 lbs. semis on their interstate system.

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Positive Train Control deadline extended

Positive Train Control deadline extended

Congress recently passed and President Obama recently signed a short term surface transportation measure that included an extension of the implementation deadline for Positive Train Control (PTC).

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House passes $325B highway bill

House passes $325B highway bill

The House approved a bill to spend up to $325 billion on transportation projects on November 5th after a weeklong vote-a-rama and an intense debate about federal gas taxes.

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The Mississippi Basin Receives a Poor Grade

The Mississippi Basin Receives a Poor Grade

The Mississippi River Basin recently received poor marks as scientists, trade groups and manufacturers weighed in on the Big Muddy’s bad report card.

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The Soy Transportation Coalition is comprised of thirteen state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association, and the United Soybean Board. The National Grain and Feed Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association serve as ex-officio members of the organization.

Soy Transportation Coalition
1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 727-0665 Fax (515) 251-8657
Email msteenhoek@soytransportation.org
Web www.soytransportation.org

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