- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Coos Bay $11 million to repair nine aging tunnels along its rail line from Eugene to Coquille.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/29mnZUK ) that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said Tuesday the federal grant is being provided through the department’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program.

The Port of Coos Bay’s grant application was among 18 selected out of more than 200 applicants nationwide to receive the program’s funding.

The port’s nine tunnels along the 134-mile rail line are all around 100 years old. DeFazio’s office says age and weather conditions have caused deterioration and drainage issues in the tunnels and along the rail line, known as the Coos Bay Rail Link.

The port should receive the award money within 60 days.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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