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Fort Smith-Area Harbor Project Estimate Increased; Consultant Sought

Posted on March 14, 2016

By John Lovett, Times Record

Three options are now on the table to create a new Arkansas River harbor for large container ships in the Fort Smith area, but it may take another consultant’s help to push the project forward with confidence.

The Western Arkansas Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority board of directors made no decisions Wednesday but leaned toward seeking an experienced consultant to help navigate the murky waters surrounding the long-running slackwater harbor project.

“We need to get someone involved who has done it … someone who has been in the trenches for an inland port,” Sebastian County Judge David Hudson said. “This thing is just dragging on.”


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