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$10 million grant awarded to improve Kiamichi Railroad


The Oklahoman

By Randy Ellis

September 29, 2020


The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $10 million federal grant to help improve rail service on the Kiamichi Railroad, which has nearly 200 miles of track in southeastern Oklahoma.

The City of Antlers will be among the main beneficiaries of the project, since rail service will be restored between that Pushmataha County city and the main line in Hugo, state transportation officials said.

“This funding will not only bring needed upgrades to this vital railway, but it will bring necessary rail access to the people of Southeast Oklahoma, spurring regional economic activity and job growth," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa. "I have always said one of the most important things we should be doing here in Congress is ensuring our infrastructure is up-to-date and I am glad the Trump administration continues to make Oklahoma communities like Antlers and Pushmataha County a major priority.”

The federal grant will pay 50 percent of the project cost while the railroad owner will pay the rest, according to a spokeswoman for the state transportation department.

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