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$10 million in federal funds are going to the Shawneetown Port project

An aerial view of the Old Shawneetown Ohio Boat Ramp
Sen. Dale Fowler (provided)
An aerial view of the Old Shawneetown Ohio Boat Ramp

The Shawneetown Regional Port Revitalization Project is receiving a federal grant of ten million dollars through the U.S Department of Transportation's Port Development Program.

The grant will help fund the construction of a one-and-a-quarter-mile road that will accommodate cargo shipment trucks so they can safely access the port. The new access road will also help the port prepare for future expansions and operations.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says this federal funding will make the port more reliable and efficient.

The project was made possible by an $800,000 state grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Ava Steffens is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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