FRANKFORT, Ky. — $500,000 was awarded in grants to four Kentucky riverports for needed infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades.
The funding, which must be locally matched, was awarded for eight separate projects at four riverports. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray approved the awards at the recommendation of the Kentucky Water Transportation Advisory Board, which reviewed the applications.
“The grants will help these riverports meet a range of needs for both operations and capacity,” Secretary Gray said.
Eddyville Riverport and Industrial Development Authority:
- $105,058 toward the purchase of a new winch system to position barges for loading/unloading.
- $110,229 to turn three acres of property into a dry bulk storage yard.
Hickman-Fulton County Riverport Authority:
- $50,000 toward an array of stabilization and safety repairs to three aging mooring cells.
- $31,800 for dredging around port docks.
Owensboro Riverport Authority:
- $57,490 toward the replacement of a crane bucket.
- $36,790 toward the purchase of a wheel loader to replace a skid steer.
- $35,912 toward a new and larger grapple for loading steel scrap barges.
Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority:
- $72,721 toward the construction of a steel commodity hopper and gate system.
The funding was appropriated by the 2022 General Assembly.
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