Paducah awarded $500K riverport grant

Paducah is one of five Kentucky cities getting $500,000 in grants from the state’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Tuesday. 

The grant money is for needed riverport improvements and repairs such as dock dredging, pavement rehabilitation, railroad repair and crane restoration.

In a news release announcing the grant award sent Tuesday, Sen. Danny Carroll is quoted saying: “This improvement of Paducah’s city and river infrastructure must continue, not only for the sake of efficiency and safety, but also to advance our region and Kentucky’s transportation abilities. I thank the Kentucky’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund for awarding Paducah this grant, and I look forward to seeing the improvements continue.”

Rep. Steven Rudy said in the release: “The grants provided by the Transportation Cabinet will be extremely helpful as we work to make critical upgrades to our riverport,” said Rudy. “Paducah has seen immense growth, and we must ensure that we are setup for continued success. The upgrades made to our docks and truck scales will allow our area to remain competitive, and I am grateful to the Transportation Cabinet for their assistance in ensuring Paducah’s economic growth is not hindered.” 

KYTC says, along with Paducah, in Hickman, Eddyville, Owensboro and Henderson will receive matching grants to supplement investments they’ve made into their riverports. 

Other state senators and representatives were quoted in the news release announcing the grant funds. You can read their statements below. 

Sen. Stan Humphries

I am pleased to learn that the City of Eddyville and City of Hickman were awarded a grant from Kentucky’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund. Western Kentucky has been consistently working toward being a competitive asset in Kentucky’s waterways, and these grant funds will certainly benefit Lyon and Fulton Counties, as well as the surrounding areas.

Sen. Dorsey Ridley

I am pleased that the Riverport Authority has received funding to make the necessary restorations on the main dock crane, especially since the facility is known for its crane capacity. “It is important that this top-knotch facility has the equipment to allow it to continue to ensure that its cargo can reach its destinations in the U.S. and abroad as efficiently as possible.

Sen. Joe Bowen 

The grant from Kentucky’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund for the City of Owensboro will be another tool in the toolbox for enhancing our expanding Riverport in our community. Bettering this global port will make Owensboro even more competitive and connected to a global market, and I look forward to seeing the new updates implemented.

Rep. Suzanne Miles 

I am grateful to the Transportation Cabinet for their assistance in seeing our projects through,” said Rep. Suzanne Miles. “The riverports in Henderson and Owensboro are vital assets to the economic growth of our communities, and this investment will allow us to continue to be both efficient and competitive in a global market. I look forward to seeing the future success that occurs with the help of these important grants.

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