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Federal transportation bill holds promise for MKARNS

Federal transportation bill holds promise for MKARNS

Muskogee Phoenix
By D.E. Smoot  
Aug 4, 2019

A federal transportation bill approved unanimously by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would open up $250 million Oklahoma could use for McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System improvements.

A provision added to America's Transportation Infrastructure Act by U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and John Boozman, R-Ark., also would allow Oklahoma and Arkansas to pursue as co-applicants federal freight grants that could be used to modernize the inland navigation channel.

Inhofe, in a media release, said the MKARN's future "is more than just deepening an existing waterway." The amendment crafted by him and his Arkansas counterpart, he said, "would bring the MKARNS into the next generation."

“Providing new funding opportunities to deepen and modernize MKARNS will empower future economic development and expand agriculture exports and oil and gas development in our state," Inhofe said. It "would allow the more efficient movement of goods across all modes of transportation by relieving congestion and reducing wear and tear on highways and bridges.” FULL ARTICLE

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