Little Rock Port Authority
IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED: To Port's slackwaer harbor, shown branching from river in aerial photo.
The Little Rock Port Authority
has been approved for a $6.185 million federal transportation grant to improve its slackwater harbor
A port news release said the money will pay for, among others, a new dock with a rail hookup capability, and new rail storage.
The blackwater harbor is an inland channel from the river that provides a safe harbor from currents. It's 4,500 feet long, 15 feet deep and 320 feet wide. It currently has a 190-foot dock and one berth, room enough for two barges, two deep, on both sides.
Various officials will celebrate the award of the money at an event Monday.