Centrally located in a moderate climate, the New Madrid County Port Authority on the upper-lower Mississippi River Mile 885 is accessible by barge, rail and truck. The New Madrid County Airport is within two miles of the harbor and has recently undergone major renovation. Located a half mile off Interstate 55 just 175 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri and 110 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee, the excellent asphalt road exiting off I-55 is ideal for truck traffic. The well lit general cargo dock located on the facility’s harbor, is available to all public and harbor tenants. A large rice mill is currently located on the harbor and approximately 35 acres is available for lease at the harbor site. Three feet above the one hundred year flood stage, the Port has never been closed due to high water, low water or ice. Located in the 4,200 acre
St. Jude Industrial Park, the harbor is 1500’ long with a 225’ bottom width and a 9’ river channel depth maintained by the Memphis District Corps of Engineers through yearly maintenance dredging. Enterprise zone tax advantages, utility services, natural gas and a fully supportive community and willing work force make this an exceptional industry locale.
The Memphis District Corps of Engineers completed Phase II of the Harbor Widening Project in early September 2000. The completion of Phase II widened the harbor along the entire 1500’ length. The material above the water line was excavated by dragline and placed on an existing disposal. Submerged material was dredged and discharged into the Mississippi River following normal practices. There were approximately 135,000 cubic yards of excavated material. Rip-rap (30,000) tons was placed along the entire length of the harbor to stabilize the slopes.
In January 2003 the Port Authority partnered with Riceland Foods, Inc. to place the south harbor ditch to grade to eliminate a drainage problem on the south harbor property.
The Corps of Engineers is authorized by Congress to perform annual maintenance dredging at the Slack-water Harbor. In times of emergency, such as October 1999, the Corps of Engineers dredged the Slack-water Harbor allowing the New Madrid County Port Authority to retain the position of “never having to close due to low water”. Over the next five years approximately three and one half million dollars is scheduled to be spent for infrastructure, road repair, office space, dock upgrade and an additional warehouse facility at the harbor site.