Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has been awarded $7 million for its $12 million Port of Cates Landing Rail Extension Project through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. This project will construct approximately 5.5 miles of rail to connect the Port of Cates Landing and the adjoining Select Tennessee certified industrial site to the TennKen short-line railroad.

By providing a rail alternative and reducing truck vehicle miles traveled, the project reduces emissions and decreases transportation costs. The rail connection will be constructed above the 100-year flood plain, reducing the chances that it will be impacted by flooding, and allowing the Port to remain operational during a natural disaster. The Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority (NWTRPA) has partnered with TennKen Rail and the Lake County Industrial Park to develop, implement, and maintain the project.

For all grant recipients, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/build/build-2020-fact-sheets