Transportation Benefits to the Region
The Port of Milwaukee is southeastern Wisconsin's transportation and distribution center of vital quality of life products and is a major contributor to the long-term economic stability and growth of the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
- The Port of Milwaukee is serviced by two major railroads (Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific)
- NO limitation to any size vessel that can service the Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence System, either lake or foreign vessels.
- Lifting capacity over 187 tons direct from vessel to rail, truck or barge.
- Direct interstate highway access.
- Inland river barges – access to the Mississippi and other inland rivers.
- Milwaukee area tourism has increased as a result of the 2004 opening of the Lake Express passenger/auto ferry terminal (over 100,000 passengers yearly).
- These commodities handled at the Port directly impact the long-term economic success and growth of the State of Wisconsin on a yearly basis:
- Roughly 1.4 million tons of salt each year - keeping streets, highways and sidewalks safe; serving the most traveled roads, and approximately 60-70% of the State's populated area.
- Approximately 500,000 tons of cement and cement products used in all areas of construction in SE Wisconsin.
- Nearly 600,000 tons of coal is delivered by barge to three of the State's power plants.
- 50,000+ tons of specialty products are distributed to WI based fabricators and manufacturers.
- The capability to handle large cargo such as Caterpillar Mining and P&H mining shovels allows these and other large manufacturers to be competitive around the world while keeping jobs here in Wisconsin.