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Governor Walker announces $812,500 transportation grant to city of Marinette

October 25, 2013

Street and rail improvement project will create and retain more than 1,130 jobs

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Marinette is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $812,523 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contribution toward the reconstruction of two city streets and rail spur rehabilitation project. The improvements will provide safe and efficient transportation means to accommodate the business expansion of Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), which is the city’s largest employer.

This TEA grant will help retain 1,000 jobs and create 136 direct jobs at MMC, while supporting another 1,182 indirect jobs. The street improvement project includes upgrading Ely Street near the intersection with Main Street; reconstructing Mann Street; changing the intersection configuration at Ely and Main streets; and rehabilitating the Escanaba and Lake Superior (E&LS) railroad spur that serves MMC. The $812,523 TEA grant represents approximately 25 percent of the more than $3 million construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Marinette. The construction project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

MMC is expanding its ship building business in Marinette. The corporation has a new contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to build 10 combat ships for the Navy by 2020. MMC is investing $73.5 million in its Marinette manufacturing facility.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested more than $93 million in 333 projects, supporting the creation or retention of more than 80,000 jobs around the state. For a complete list of TEA grants and project details, visit the WisDOT web site.

For more information, contact:
Don Uelmen, WisDOT TEA program manager
(608) 266-3488, don.uelmen@dot.wi.gov

 

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