WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $20 million in new federal funding for the town of Hannibal, Ohio to invest in its rail transloading project. This funding will allow the Ohio Rail Development Commission to construct a railyard and pipeline facility in order to increase the Long Ridge Energy Terminal’s capacity and connect it to existing rail infrastructure. This will give the area’s energy exports, including natural gas, better access to global markets. Brown wrote to the Department of Transportation in July in support of this project.
“When our rural communities have up-to-date infrastructure, it helps them grow and support local jobs,” said Brown. “This project will have a significant economic impact on Hannibal and across Southeast Ohio.”
The project will construct a pipeline-to-rail transloading facility at an energy terminal including truck racks with unloading bays, ladder tracks connecting to the recently constructed loop track, and rail loading arms.
The funding for the project was made available through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
Brown serves as Ranking Member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees public transit. In March, he unveiled a new infrastructure proposal that would expand infrastructure investments through the TIGER Grant Program, now called the BUILD program.
BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.