U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stops in Tell City

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stops in Tell City
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 2:14 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2022 at 12:57 PM CDT
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TELL CITY, Ind. (WFIE) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stopped in Tell City Wednesday to highlight President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the current work the department is doing to improve and modernize our nation’s infrastructure in rural communities.

He took a tour of the Tell City Port alongside local leaders and discuss the recent DOT grant to upgrade the port’s infrastructure.

Tell City has received a $1.6 million federal grant to fund a 40-foot diameter pier for a crane that will unload cargo. The current pier is unusable because it’s floating.

“That means if the water’s too high or the water’s too low, there’s a risk of tipping, it gets derailed, it can’t carry as much load,” said Buttigieg. “The bottom line is this: By supplementing the floating crane with one that’s land-based, it means they can process a lot more raw material that comes in by barge.”

Buttigieg says the new pier will help increase port productivity by up to 60%.

“It means more customers for businesses, it means faster movement of goods, and I would add agricultural goods are just as much a part of that as PlayStations on a boat coming in from China,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg hopes the project will encourage more people to come to join the Perry County workforce and keep the workers already there, especially the young ones.

“Rural communities have to fight so hard to hold onto their young people,” he said. “I’m curious to see some young people in the audience who I hope will be able to build a future in Perry County, in the communities around Tell City.”

Buttigieg says the time is now to make investments in our rural communities.

He also gave remarks on the nation’s infrastructure.

You can watch that here.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Tell City Wednesday

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