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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $700,000 to Provide Rail and Roadway Infrastructure for Businesses in Granite City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $700,000 grant to America’s Central Port District [Port] of Granite City, Illinois, to make rail and roadway improvements needed to spur business growth at the Port’s intermodal industrial park.

“We commend America’s Central Port District for working to generate economic opportunities by boosting access to its intermodal industrial park,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Dennis Alvord. “This project will provide local manufactures and other businesses with the transportation infrastructure they need to grow and thrive.”

The project will help to construct approximately 2,200 feet of rail track at the Port’s intermodal industrial park. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufacturers and the nation’s freight transportation network. In addition to the construction of new rail, D Street will be milled and a 2” asphalt overlay will be provided to enhance the region’s readiness and competitiveness.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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