Helena Harbor has received a $6.9 million federal grant for two projects that will add to an expansion already underway.
The money, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Port Infrastructure Development Program, will fund the addition of a water tower to support industrial uses and firefighting systems. The tower will be built to withstand the seismic impacts of an earthquake in the New Madrid fault area.
Funds will also be used for construction of a rail spur connecting parcels on the east side of the port’s 4,000-SF industrial park to the North American Rail network.
The money is a portion of $703 million in Department of Transportation grants announced Friday that will fund 41 maritime projects in 22 states. It comes weeks after Helena Harbor, located on the Mississippi River about one hour south of Memphis, received a $2.9 million federal grant for a barge terminal project.
Work is already underway at the harbor on a $12 million expansion that will increase capacity for Helm Fertilizer Terminal Inc. of Memphis. Earlier this year, the harbor received a $745,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority for a road project.