Ray LaHood, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has assigned $10.9 million, via a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, to the City of West Memphis, Ark., to expand the city’s ports.
The funding will used to improve railroad infrastructure at the International Rail Logistics Park in order to boost freight rail capacity at the Port of West Memphis. The project will allow the facility to handle heavier rail carloads and extend a rail line that will facilitate construction of a new transload facility by a private party for the export of bulk commodities by rail and barge.
Furthermore, the DOT has has allocated more than $7 million, also through a TIGER grant, to the State of Oregon to improve freight transportation options to Southern Oregon and Northern California. The funding will support a $9.4 million project that will rehabilitate a 296 mile stretch of short line railroad track, running parallel to Interstate 5 between Northern California and Eugene, Ore., operated by the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad. The project will help improve tunnels, rails, ties and bridges.