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Rail expansion. Dock improvements. More ship calls. A dramatic increase in ship calls per year for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge prompted long-needed improvements to cargo docks on the Mississippi River in addition to an expansion of rail infrastructure. Union Pacific Railroad is expanding its interchange tracks along Louisiana Hwy. 1 to be accessed from either the north or south in an $11 million upgrade, and the Port has plans for a $20–25 million chambering yard south of the Intracoastal Waterway. Louisiana's Capital Outlay Program will help fund the construction of the chambering yard's three, 110-car tracks to handle Drax Biomass wood pellet trains. In addition, Louis Dreyfus Commodities is continuing its e„orts in designing and constructing their $20 million facility rail tracks to handle 110-car grain trains. To accommodate Drax, Louis Dreyfus and Houston-based Genesis Energy, ongoing dock improvements have upgraded 3,500 feet of deepwater cargo docks with a new fendering system and bigger, stronger mooring hooks. Port Executive Director Jay Hardman reports, "We're busy, so as soon as we finish one improvement, we continue to make plans and try to expand for future needs." 2425 Ernest Wilson Drive • P.O. Box 380 • Port Allen, LA 70767-0380 PH: (225) 342.1660 • FAX: (225) 342.1666

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