Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lamar Project Wins $71M from Feds

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 2:28 PM

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Memphis will get $71.2 million from the federal government to upgrade Lamar Avenue, according to Rep. Steve Cohen.

Cohen said Tuesday the city will get the funds through the U.S. Department of Transportation Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA). The funds will be spent for "roadway repairs and capacity upgrades," on Lamar from the Mississippi/Tennessee state line to Getwell, he said.

“This is a huge win for Memphis and will be a game-changer for our city and the region," Cohen said in a statement. "This project has been a priority of the business and governmental communities for my entire time in Congress.
"The improvements to Lamar, from the Mississippi State Line to Getwell, will facilitate truck traffic in and out of the BNSF intermodal freight facility, creating efficiencies in the movement of goods enhancing future growth and development. In a word, that means jobs."

In 2016, Memphis applied for $180 million in federal funds to improve Lamar. At the time, state officials said the entire project would cost $300 million.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland applauded the new funds in a series of Tuesday tweets.

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