Engaging State Departments of Transportation in Funding Improvements on Inland Waterways Case Study of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper summarizes the findings of research conducted for the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) that produced a master plan for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas (GIWW-T). The project (a) established a baseline for the condition and utilization of the GIWW-T; (b) examined the major operational concerns, mostly related to dredging and navigational safety; (c) investigated the impacts of operational obstacles; (d) determined what is needed to restore the GIWW-T to and sustain its optimum level; (e) investigated potential economic and legislative limitations; and (f) recommended potential courses of action that might enable the Texas DOT to play an active role in achieving a highly efficient and safe GIWW-T. A working group of GIWW-T stakeholders informed the research. Participants included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, port authorities, the Texas DOT, and barge industry representatives.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kruse, C. J., Protopapas, A., Ellis, D. R., Norboge, N. D., & Glover, B. A.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Kruse, C James||Protopapas, Annie||Ellis, David R||Norboge, Nicolas D||Glover, Brianne A

publication date

  • January 2015