By Associated Press - Thursday, August 23, 2018

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - A new federal maritime office is opening in Kentucky.

News outlets report U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby announced the new Gateway Office in Paducah on Thursday. A Maritime Administration release says Paducah’s proximity to three major river confluences makes it ideal to support export activities.

Additionally, Chao is coming to Florence, Kentucky, on Friday to tout a $67.5 million highway grant. Under a federal program called Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, the grant will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to invest in three major infrastructure projects along Interstate 71/75 in Boone County.

Chao’s husband, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced the federal grant to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in June.

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