The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today it is proposing the award of a grant of $10,516,259 to the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District to rehab 91.3 miles of shortline railroad corridor between McGehee and Tallulah, La.

The money comes from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program administered by USDOT.

According to a press release, the route would be restored to a Class 2 standard to allow travel up to 25 mph and full-size rail-car loads, which should make it a more attractive option for shippers. It would also upgrade seven bridges and extend shortline rail access to the Port of Lake Providence and Madison Parish Port in Louisiana.

The INFRA program promotes “the incorporation of innovative technology that will improve our transportation system,” the release says. “INFRA will also hold recipients accountable for their performance in project delivery and operations.”

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