Members of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce were updated on the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority’s upgrades to the SEMO Port during the monthly First Friday Coffee last week. The SEMO Port is located close by to the Scott City on the Mississippi River, midway between St. Louis and Memphis, Tennessee. This port handles about 1 million barge tons of product every year. An additional 300,000 to 400,000 tons of product are shipped out by truck and rail. Officials say the project is advancing on one of the company’s large, continuing projects, This project includes the building of two op tracks and a terminal and each one of the loops measures over two miles long individually, and includes all connection tracks, dumps and barge loadout facilities, officials say. They also say when construction is finished, [the loop track terminal] will add another six miles of track to the single-port railroad, and it’ll also let allow the single-port railroad to effectively handle units that are 100 pounds or more without breaking them up into cuts of cars, officials say. Officials say the goal of this project is to The main goal is to really efficiently be able to move that product in by rail and out by barge to do away with semi traffic. In order for this to be possible, officials say large amounts of large amounts of reconstruction must first be completed n ports and various parts of the river to accommodate development standards and the project. The company recently finished construction on the first portion of the project of adding a new lease track into the port with a grade difference of twenty-five feet to the previous track, which was mandatory to meet the design standards for the loop tracks. Officials say the company is now moving on to the next step: loop track construction. For more information on the project, visit www.semoport.com.