MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine leaders have been told their town has all the right attributes for a riverside container terminal and port district.

The facility would be located on a 100-acre Kent Corp. property just south of the Muscatine municipal boundary.

The Muscatine Journal reports ( ) that a consultant executive, Kevin Keller of HDR, told the City Council Thursday night that the site has highway and rail access, utilities and room for storage and warehouse buildings. Keller also says the location is ideal because the river there is deep enough to accommodate larger barges, which would make the port more competitive.

He says an HDR study estimated the cost of planning the site, expanding the roadway and other construction is between $22 million and $40 million.

Information from: Muscatine Journal,

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