EDA Grants Aid Road Drainage Work in Arkansas, Port Upgrade in Central Louisiana
TEXARKANA, AR The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Develop Administration awarded infrastructure project grants this month that include drainage improvement to a flood-prone road in Texarkana, Arkansas, and a set of freight-handling upgrades to the Central Louisiana Regional Port near Alexandria, Louisiana.
The EDA provided the Texarkana project with $1 million to improve a road in the University of Arkansas area that has reportedly been prone to flooding because of its light-duty pavement construction plus drainage issues. One report said the project will expand the pavement width both to improve safety and provide space for truck traffic.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said, "This EDA grant will facilitate necessary improvements to Texarkana's U of A Way that will spur commercial development in the region."
The EDA is providing the port, on the Red River Waterway in Louisiana, with $1.4 million for a set of projects to expand the port's warehouse, increase crane service, upgrade and expand existing roadway infrastructure, and acquire and develop adjacent property for truck and container staging.
With additional funds from the Red River Waterway Commission, more than $2 million will be invested in the projects, the port said.
That facility handles truck and barge shipments and provides storage for some area businesses.
"U.S. ports and our marine transportation system are essential drivers of the American economy," said Pritzker. She added that the grant will help the port increase its capacity both for local industry and global trade.