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Shelby announces $4.76 Million
for Alabama State Port Authority

Washington, D.C. Wednesday, September 19, 2007--U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $4.76 million to the Alabama State Port Authority in Mobile for the Alabama State Docks Intermodel Facility Project.

“These funds will allow Alabama to modernize and expand its current dockside facilities to ready the docks for increased traffic and freight cargo,” said Shelby.

The action represents final approval of the second  installment of a $20 million authorization that was done in this fiscal year as a part of the four-year federal transportation plan, according to State Docks Director Jimmy Lyons.

"Each year about one-quarter of the amount has to be appropriated and go through the approval process," he said. "We have the ’08 portion working through the appropriation process now -- a little over $5 million. The last portion would have to be appropriated in next year's budget. Then we would hope that Congress would pass another multi-year authorization bill."

In addition to this funding, Shelby said he was able to secure $5.173 million for the Alabama State Docks in the fiscal year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. This legislation was approved by the Senate and will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

“The Alabama State Docks has the potential to become one of our nation’s most economically viable ports due to its proximity to emerging trade routes in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Shelby.