Posted on September 10, 2020
WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development a $7 million highly competitive federal grant. This grant will build the remaining 5.5 mile rail extension between the Port of Cates Landing and the Lake County Industrial Park and help attract new business and create hundreds of jobs in rural West Tennessee.
“Governor Bill Lee and local leaders deserve a lot of credit – this a highly competitive grant, and this award is a great compliment to our state and its leadership,” Alexander said. “The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development tells me the lack of connecting rail service economically disadvantages the Port of Cates Landing in Lake County, Tennessee, and surrounding communities. Taking this step to provide rail access will attract new businesses seeking reliable and affordable transportation options along the Mississippi River and create hundreds of jobs in this rural area.”
Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will award $7 million as a part of its Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program to construct approximately 5.5 miles of rail to connect the Port of Cates Landing and the adjoining Select Tennessee certified industrial site, to the TennKen short-line railroad. This federal grant will build off of the $13 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant the Port was awarded in 2011. Alexander sent aletter of support for the grant to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.