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Port of Catoosa Gets $1.1M Federal Grant for Rail Work

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The Tulsa Port of Catoosa has received a $1.1 million federal grant to improve its rail infrastructure.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. It's funded from $600 million in supplemental disaster relief appropriations for areas hit by floods and tornadoes last year and will go toward upgrading freight train crossings.

"The Trump Administration is working hard to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and improve economic resilience in the wake of natural disasters," U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. "These investments in Catoosa will support essential railroad infrastructure that helps ensure the flow of goods and resources despite significant weather events."

The federal grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar with local funding.

"The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is an essential piece of our community and our economy," Rep. Kevin Hern said in a statement. "This investment from EDA will be a boon to the Port and to the First District."

Officials estimate the work the grant and local funding will pay for could help retain 735 jobs.