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Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Wed October 3, 2012
Baton Rouge port gets grant
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $1 million grant to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to rebuild a rail line at the marine terminal which was damaged by Mississippi River flooding in spring 2011.
The Advocate reports the money was part of a $200 million appropriation Congress made to help communities that received a major disaster designation in fiscal 2011.
Jay Hardman, the port's executive director, said it will take between $2.1 million and $2.5 million to fix the nearly 8,500 feet of railroad track. The port will pay for the remaining costs not covered by the $1 million grant.
Hardman said the project should go out for bid in January or February and the work will take four to six months to complete.
Crescent River Port Pilots' Association