CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Senate lawmakers passed a capital infrastructure package on Sunday, June 2 that directs hundreds of millions in funding toward projects in southern Illinois, according to Sen. Dale Fowler.
District 59 has been allocated over $270 million in capital spending.
Sen. Fowler says funding has been promised for the ongoing river port terminal project in Cairo. The proposed terminal would be constructed at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
“Bringing a river port terminal to the City of Cairo has been an ongoing priority of mine since taking office, and I’m excited to see support and funding being directed toward a project that would help revive Cairo and the surrounding areas and encourage future economic growth,” said Fowler.
A proposed river port terminal in the city of Cairo, Illinois will be receiving capital funding.
According to state senator Dale Fowler, the funding totals $1 million in a key investment in the future economic development of Southern Illinois.
The money will be used to fund permitting engineering and design costs for the port terminal as part of the current fiscal year 2019 state budget.
The location for the port terminal is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers as well as the Canadian National railroad running from Chicago to New Orleans and near three major interstates.
The project will move forward with all capital funding to be expended by June 30, 2019 and is expected to be completed within 24 months.