State transportation officials are looking for ways to boost barge traffic on the Missouri River.
The Department of Transportation says a new task force is coordinating a market assessment of the Missouri River, while two other teams are examining ways to improve river port infrastructure and river management.
Currently, seven of the state's 14 public ports have the capability to transport goods across their dock. About 2.4 million tons of goods and services have passed through in 2009.
MoDOT officials say the goal is to increase freight moved across the docks onto the river, add connections to other modes of transportation and provide economic development opportunities along the river corridor.