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About the Pemiscot County Port Authority
  • The Pemiscot County Port Authority was formed in 1975 as a political subdivision of the State of Missouri to foster the growth of industry along the river.
  • In 1978, a feasibility study was done by Ozark Regional Commission.
  • In April 1979, the first director, Col. T. J. Stevens, was hired.
  • In 1980, the U.S. Army Corps approved the initial dredging and maintenance of the Pemiscot County Port Authority slack water harbor.
  • In September 1981, Hutson was the first tenant to build.
  • In October 1982, the first inbound fertilizer barge came.
  • In January 1983, the first inbound grain barge came.
  • In 1983, a service road to the Port was paved and sites were created with dredged filled material.
  • In 1987, a water tower purchased with grant funds was erected at the Port.
  • A general cargo dock was built with Third State Bldg grant in December 1989.
  • In November 1990, a speculative warehouse was built with grant funds.
  • In February 1991, Xenium, was the third tenant and leased the warehouse.
  • In August 1991, Unifert, the fourth tenant lease acreage to build warehouse.
  • In December 1995, Highway D was constructed to provide better access to Port.
  • In February 1997, contracted with an engineering firm to design rail rehabilitation and construction.
  • In 1997, the Port received Community Development Block Grant for Trinity Expansion: roads were paved and natural gas to Port.
  • Completed Rehabilitation of 11,900 feet of rail in August 1998.
  • In August 2000, the Port acquired additional ROW for rail spur.
  • From 1996 to 2001, the Port acquired rail right-of-way in phases.
  • In September 2001, harbor improvement project by USACE for safety and new sites was completed.
  • In 2002, the Port received grant for rail signals from the Delta Regional Authority.
  • In 2004, the Port received grant for sewers from the Delta Regional Authority.
  • In 2005, $203,200 in MoDOT Capital Improvement funds was used to buy extra dredging.
  • In 2005, the Port installed a safety ladder on its public dock with $48,000 in grant funds from USDA Rural Development.
  • In 2006, the Port received a $50,000 grant from DRA & USDA-RD for a marketing study.
  • In 2006, the Port used $60,000 in Homeland Security grant funds to erect fencing and lighting at the Port.
  • In 2007, the Port used $43,500 in USDA-RD funds to install a rail turnout in our spur to access private spur.
  • In 2007 – 2011, the Port used $4,224,520 in MoDOT CIP funds and $205,701 in DRA funds and $50,000 from Ameren to extend rail spur and to add crossings and signals.
  • In 2010, the Port facilitated the paving of County Road 337 to become part of Highway D using $1,873,000 in FHWA funding.
  • In 2011, the Corps of Engineers deposited a significant amount of large rock in a triangular pattern at the downstream point of the island across from the Port harbor. This project was done to mitigate the silting at the mouth of the harbor.
  • The great flood of 2011 produced the highest water level in history on the Lower Mississippi River. All barge loading was suspended for weeks, with tenant operations returning to normal in the fall.
  • In 2011, PCPA used MODOT Capital Improvement funds to acquire 18 acres of land adjoining our rail spur from the J.L. VanAusdall Estate. Additionally, PCPA purchased 5 acres from the Henson and VanAusdall families to be used as a trans-load site for rail-truck cargo transfer.
  • In 2012, PCPA purchased 77 adjacent downstream acres from the St. Francis Levee District to be used for long term development.
  • In 2012, Marquis-Missouri Terminal, LLC (MMT) located at the Port.
  • In 2013, Trinity Marine Products leased 5 acres along the PCPA railroad and erected a bridge crane for trans-loading steel from rail cars to trucks.
  • In 2014, PCPA completed construction of an additional 2,600 feet of rail to serve as a run-around of the Port's storage yard. Funding for this project was provided by MODOT's CIP and Freight Enhancement programs.


 
Pemiscot County Port Authority   |  111 East 3rd Street Caruthersville, Missouri 63830   |   (P) 573-333-4125  (F) 573-333-4216

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