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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces $10.5 million grant that benefits Tallulah, Lake Providence ports

July 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that the Department of Transportation will invest more than $10.5 million in federal funds in railroad upgrades that will benefit ports in Lake Providence and Tallulah.
 
The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant will rehabilitate 91.3 miles of continuous short-line railroad corridor between McGehee, Ark., and Tallulah. Modernizing the rail infrastructure will increase the speed, safety and overall efficiency of the rail system, improving connectivity between three inland ports along the Mississippi River. This will lower the cost of doing business and benefit consumers.
 
Abraham wrote a letter to DoT Secretary Elaine Chao in February in support of the grant. U.S. Sen John Kennedy joined him in sending the letter.
 
“The Lake Providence and Tallulah ports are important economic drivers for Northeast Louisiana, and railroads are some of the main ways that farmers get their crops to these ports. This grant is huge news for my district, and I appreciate Sec. Chao for investing in Louisiana,” Abraham said.

To read Abraham’s letter to the secretary, click here.

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