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Area riverport awarded grant for new project

Area riverport awarded grant for new project
From AP, staff reports
FRANKFORT, Ky.  — Four western Kentucky public river ports and a fifth in Louisville have been awarded state grants for repairs and improvements.
The grants from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet total $405,442 and will be matched by the ports.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says business and industry depend on the ports for freight and raw materials, and the grants are an “investment in a critical part of Kentucky’s commercial supply chain.”
The grants are $45,996 for construction at the Hickman Fulton County Riverport Authority; $150,000 for repairs at the Paducah McCracken County Riverport Authority; $118,316 for work at the Owensboro Riverport Authority; $50,000 for the Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority;  and $41,130 for repairs at the Henderson County Riverport Authority.
“Our grant will be used for the construction and installation of a floating bridge/dock system to allow us better access to barges,” according to Hickman Fulton County Riverport Authority administrative assistant Amy Williamson.
She told The Messenger today riverport workers currently have to climb a ladder to gain access to barges on the river, and with the ongoing low water conditions on the river at Hickman, there are safety issues involved.
“This new system will allow us a more efficient and safer process for accessing our barges,” Mrs. Williamson said.
The $45,996 in state funds will be matched by the Hickman Riverport Authority, bringing the total available funds to nearly $92,000 for the new floating system. The local match will come from riverport revenues, according to Mrs. Williamson.
“We are most definitely very thankful that Gov. Beshear has recognized this as a very valid need for us,” she said today.
Mrs. Williamson said the riverport authority is looking at various designs for the new floating bridge/dock system and there is no timetable in place to actually purchase and install the system. Published in The Messenger 12.11.12