State's river transport near a fork

Barge traffic increasing as infrastructure keeps aging

Posted: July 30, 2017 at 2 a.m.

A towboat pushing six barges up the Arkansas River is visible from the Van Buren side.

Almost 12 million tons of commodities trickle through the Arkansas River each year -- a figure that likely will grow as trade officials announced earlier this month they have finalized a protocol to allow for the first-ever shipments of U.S.-grown rice to China.

An overhead crane is used to unload wire rod coils at Five Rivers Distribution in Van Buren.

Glenn Rozell, a bulk handler, unloads scrap recently at the Port of Fort Smith.

An overhead crane system is used to unload wire rod coils at Five Rivers Distribution in Van Buren.

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