WASHINGTON –United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that $487,000 to the City of Alexandriafor the Rail Spur Project was included in the omnibus appropriations bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 57-35.
This project entails the relocation and extension of existing rail lines to provide increased capacity and service to the Port of Alexandria. In total, the omnibus appropriations bill includes $45.9 million for Louisiana projects secured by Sen. Landrieu. Millions more were leveraged through key legislative provisions and competitive grant programs included in the bill. The bill now heads to President Obama to be signed into law.
“This project is a critical step to generating jobs for the City and the region,” said Sen. Landrieu. “A fully integrated port facility with intermodal transportation capabilities will attract business and industry to Alexandria. I support Mayor Roy’s vision for Alexandria and know that getting this port project underway could be the shot in the arm we need to put Central Louisiana on the move again.”
“I am very pleased with the work of the senior Senator from Louisiana on this critical infrastructure project,” said Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy. “Infrastructure is king. America is woefully underfunding her infrastructure presently. I know our Louisiana delegation supports ‘smart’ infrastructure investment, which is about spending on ‘future proofing,’ or ensuring we are using best practices to invest for 10, 20 and 30years out, not merely tomorrow’s fixes ‘on the cheap.’ This particular project is about inter-modality, which capitalizes on our existing competitive advantages in Central Louisiana.”
This shovel-ready project will rehabilitate and extend the City of Alexandria rail spur track to the Port of Alexandria on the Red River. These improvements will enable future enhancements necessary to create a fully functional inter-modal freight facility at the Port of Alexandria. This port provides access to Union and Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railroads, Interstate-49, U.S. Highways 71, 165, and 167 and LA Highways 1 and 28.