Tugboat pushing barges on the Tennessee–Tombigbee
Waterway, western Alabama.
||American waterway linking the Tennessee
River in northeastern Mississippi with the Tombigbee River in western Alabama.
The 234-mile (376-kilometre) system of locks and canals along the upper
Tombigbee River south to Demopolis, Ala., gives access via the lower Tombigbee
to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Ala. The waterway was built (1971–84) to
provide an alternate and shorter route to the Gulf than the Mississippi River
for Appalachian coal and agricultural products from neighboring Southern
states, as well as to draw more businesses to the region. Barge traffic began
moving along the system in January 1985. (Britannica.com)