Four western Kentucky public river ports and a fifth in Louisville have been awarded state grants for repairs and improvements.
The grants from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet total $405,442 and will be matched by the ports.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says business and industry depend on the ports for freight and raw materials, and the grants are an "investment in a critical part of Kentucky's commercial supply chain."
The grants are $150,000 for repairs at the Paducah McCracken County Riverport Authority; $118,316 for work at the Owensboro Riverport Authority; $50,000 for the Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority; $45,996 for construction at the Hickman Fulton County Riverport Authority; and $41,130 for repairs at the Henderson County Riverport Authority.
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