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Big grant to assist America’s Central Port container handling efforts

Davis, Bost, Shimkus announce funding

America’s Central Port in Granite City has been awarded $1,268,800 from the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration to support the purchase of a 275-ton crane, 18 cameras and their installation, and a container tilter.

This grant, awarded through the Marine Highway Program, will be used as part of the port district’s Container Handling and Securing Equipment Project.

Three Southwestern Illinois congressmen, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, Mike Bost and John Shimkus, jointly announced the grant.

“This grant award to America’s Central Port will improve the flow of goods down the Mississippi River, bolstering our regional economy,” said Davis. “I’m glad to see the administration making overdue investments in our waterway infrastructure.”

“Every year, millions of tons of cargo and billions of dollars in goods are shipped through Southern Illinois ports,” said Bost. “Commercial barge traffic along the Mississippi River is crucial to the movement of American-produced exports for our economy. This grant will bring much-needed investment to ensure goods are moved efficiently and our regional economy is revitalized.”

“America’s inland waterway systems are vital supply chains for energy resources and agricultural commodities,” said Shimkus. “This federal investment will help keep those goods moving efficiently to and from the St. Louis region.”

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