Ports of Catoosa and Inola to receive funding for broadband infrastructure and expansion

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An Oklahoma lawmaker said federal dollars from pandemic relief would flow to the ports of Catoosa and Inola to build infrastructure and expand broadband.

State Representative Logan Phillips serves on the joint committee responsible for allocating funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. He said Sooner State would receive approximately $1.87 billion in funding. Phillips said $14 million will be split between Tulsa’s ports of Catoosa and Inola for infrastructure and broadband. He said the money will help Catoosa become a central distribution hub in the country and could help mitigate supply chain disruptions nationwide.

Industrial parks, including the ports of Tulsa, have applied for funding. Tulsa Ports Economic Development Chief Andrew Ralson told News On 6 the money will be invested in a vital area in Inola.

“The final piece of critical infrastructure for the Port of Tulsa in Inola as a future industrial park is wastewater,” Ralston said.

$10 million is expected to be spent on replacing and improving Inola’s infrastructure.

“We know that as the industrial park grows, we will need the city to be supported in order to increase its population for the workforce and to ensure that its citizens have the quality of life they want. need,” Ralston said.

Lawmakers are expected to present the port funding proposals to the State House for final approval at the end of the month.

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