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Are ‘marine highways’ the answer to traffic congestion?

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A Norfolk Tug loads freight in Richmond, Va. to bring to a port in Norfolk, Va. The service may be bolstered by a new initiative by Congress to ease traffic congestion by moving some cargo onto water. (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Tug)

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In an era where “rush hour” is anything but, U.S. shipping is heading out to sea. The federal government is working to turn the country’s coastal areas, intracoastal waterways, lakes and rivers into a network for transit and travel that it calls “America’s Marine Highway” in hopes of relieving roadway congestion.