For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016
Port of Coos Bay Awarded $11 Million Federal Grant for Tunnel Rehabilitation
United States Congressman Peter DeFazio announced that the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is a recipient of an $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the rehabilitation of tunnels on the Coos Bay rail line. The money comes from the newly-established Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program which is a part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) that was passed into law in December 2015.
“This is great news for southwest Oregon. I congratulate the Port of Coos Bay and look forward to continuing our work to improve this critical transportation link and economic engine for the South Coast,” said DeFazio. The project was one of only 18 selected to receive the grant out of 212 total applications that were submitted from across the nation.
There are nine tunnels over an 82-mile section between Coos Bay and Eugene, all of which are near 100 years old and in desperate need of repair or rehabilitation. The funding from this grant will allow the Port to improve the tunnel drainage systems including track and ditch work, structural repairs and some clearance improvements in tunnels. This project is expected to cost $18.8 million dollars.
“We are absolutely delighted that the U.S. Department of Transportation recognized the vast support we have for our rail line and the economic opportunity it brings to the region. This grant will help ensure the tunnels are structurally sound for years to come. The success of the Port’s FASTLANE grant application could not have been possible without the tremendous support from our federal delegation, community members and elected officials,” said John Burns, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Coos Bay.
This news couldn’t have come at a better time as the Port gets ready to celebrate the Coos Bay rail line’s 100th year this August during the Railroad Centennial Celebration. This funding will help ensure the vitality of the rail line for the next 100 years!
For additional media information, please contact:
Brooke Walton, Director of External Affairs & Business Development
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Phone 541-267-7678 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org