Inland Port Studies Launched

Decatur – The Midwest Inland Port in Decatur will likely be an economic driver and job creator for decades to come.

“I believe the development of the Midwest Inland Port is probably going to be the greatest economic catalyst we've seen around here in fifty years,” said Midwest Inland Port Executive Director Larry Altenbaumer.  “For businesses to come to our area they have to feel this is a city that is worth coming to and it certainly is.”

The port, owned by Archer Daniels Midland, handles large shipping containers using rail and trucks.  Three class one railroads serve Decatur providing access to coastal ports and other shipping destinations across the United States. 

The city of Decatur has now launched two studies to begin work on a transportation plan and associated capital improvements.  One of the studies will identify road, bridge, intersection and traffic signal improvements to support planned growth in the region.

“A program and an economic development project that's going to position the city of Decatur as a city transportation hub the likes of which we haven't seen probably ever,” Assistant Decatur City Manager Billy Tyus told WAND's Doug Wolfe.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is helping fund the two studies cost $250,000 and $180,000 respectively.   

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