U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will join Congressman Kevin Brady, local elected officials, and representatives from the Port of Beaumont including Executive Port Director, Mr. Chris Fisher, tomorrow, March 11th at 11 a.m. at the Port of Beaumont to announce the $3.12 million dollars of funding secured in the Highway Transportation bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today by an overwhelming vote of 417-9.

Designated in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the money will go toward development and construction of an access road connecting the I-10 access road to the Port of Beaumont owned property along the east bank of the Neches River in Orange County.

The Port of Beaumont is beginning the development of 455 acres of property it owns on the east bank of the Neches River, immediately across the river from the ports present location. Development of this property will provide significant economic development and new jobs to the area.

In the last few years, the port has used local funds and a grant from the Economic Development Administration to build a roadway and railroad bed to the waterfront and to install 650 feet of sheet steel piling in support of future wharf development. Also, potable water and basic utilities have been extended to the site.

The port access road will link the Ports future deepwater development in Orange County to Interstate 10.

WHO:
U.S. Congressmen Ted Poe (TX-02) and Kevin Brady (TX-08), Local Elected Officials, and Port of Beaumont Representatives

WHERE:
Port of Beaumont Main Gate
1225 Main Street
Beaumont, Texas 77704

WHEN:
Friday, March 11, 2005
11:00 am

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