Sen. Klobuchar Touts Biden’s Infrastructure Plan at Duluth Port

DULUTH, Minn.– Duluth’s maritime infrastructure is part of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package involving roads, bridges and more across the country.

Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Mayor Emily Larson at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority to talk about the president’s plan, which features $17 billion for inland water ways and ports around the country.

“This is the first time that president has proposed a package of this size that would really allow us to start competing on the stage of other industrialized nations,” said Klobuchar.

“People come here, they visit here, they love to talk about the ships and they bridge and just walking along the lake walk and I think often people don’t quite appreciate or understand all of the infrastructure that goes into that as an entire economy,” said Mayor Larson.

If the bill passes, the port authority hopes the money would go toward replacing and modernizing dock wells, bollards, along with adding more warehouse space for Duluth’s biggest industry.

“In the port of Duluth-Superior, iron ore is absolutely king. It’s the number one cargo by tonnage and the port is an economic engine for the region and has been since the late 1800s.  Today we support over 8,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in economic activity,” said Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb Deluca.

The port authority adds the shipping season was pushed up two weeks early this season to help move additional iron ore out of Duluth.

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