Ludington, Manitowoc to receive federal grant for carferry dock repairs.

October 22, 2018

Ludington, Manitowoc to receive federal grant for carferry dock repairs.

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — The cities of Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. are expected to enter into an agreement to cooperatively repair the carferry docks in their respective cities, utilizing a $5 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. Ludington City Council will take action on a resolution during its regular meeting tonight which recognizes the City of Ludington as the recipient of the grant.

The Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant agreement requires not less than $4,025,060 in non-federal funds, or authorized in-kind contributions, to be committed to the project. The City of Manitowoc has agreed to contribute up to $279,023 to the project. Lake Michigan Trans-Lake Shortcut, which owns Lake Michigan Carferry Service, operator of the SS Badger, has received a grant of $2,728,014 from the State of Wisconsin and has also agreed to contribute up to $1,018,023 of its own funds towards the project.

Last spring, a storm washed out the carferry dock in Manitowoc, requiring emergency repairs before the 2018 shipping season could begin.

City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 400 S. Harrison St.

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