The Little Rock Port Authority will receive $3 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s port infrastructure development program.
The money will be used to replace 15 unsafe deadman ground anchors with steel monopile dolphins and install an additional 32 dolphins in other locations, according to port officials. Those replacements are expected to help expand the port’s current barge fleeting capacity on the Arkansas River.
“As the port continues to grow and create jobs for Little Rock and central Arkansas, it is imperative we find ways to invest in our infrastructure,” said Bryan Day, Executive Director for the Little Rock Port Authority. “These federal funds will help us to remain competitive as we attract manufacturers and industry from around the world.”
U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., assisted in securing the grant.
“This grant will aid in expanding our port’s capacity and capabilities in its leading role as an economic engine in our region,” said Hill. “This grant will also allow us to ensure the safety of all involved and I am looking forward to seeing what is next for the Port of Little Rock.”
“Upgrading the Little Rock Port’s barge fleeting capacity will enhance safety and capability, increase our state’s industrial output, and ensure that economic activity continues flowing uninterrupted,” said Boozman. “I’m pleased this project is getting needed federal investment to improve the port’s operations.”