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More than $10M awarded for rail line project in Arkansas

July 29, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $10.5 million to help pay for improvements to a rail line corridor in southern Arkansas.

The funding was announced by members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation. The project calls for improvements along the freight corridor, which runs from McGehee, Arkansas, to Tallulah, Louisiana. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the project aims to provide faster and more affordable shipment for crops, fertilizers and other materials.

Supporters say repairing the train tracks will create more business opportunities in the Mississippi River Delta communities in Arkansas.

The rail line was built in 1878 by the Memphis, Helena and Louisiana Railroad.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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