U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that Oklahoma was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant of $9.9 million dollars to make needed improvements to the regional freight network.
“Oklahomans understand the importance of upgrading rail infrastructure for improving safety and increasing economic growth,” Sen. Inhofe said. “This grant will go a long way in upgrading 17 bridges and 132 miles of track to accommodate longer, heavier trains in western Oklahoma benefiting the agricultural community, the energy industry, and others that will have access to more efficient freight movement.”
“TIGER grants are direct federal investments in projects that will improve our surface transportation at the national, regional or local level,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.
“This TIGER Grant is providing a tremendous opportunity for Oklahoma to improve and grow the rail infrastructure between Enid and Elk City,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson said. “To have this need recognized at a very competitive national level speaks to the importance of the line, and it is an honor to be selected.”