Staff of US Senators Inhofe and Lankford, and Staff of Congressmen Mullin and Bridenstine Attend Tulsa Port of Catoosa Main Dock Dedication
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
by: Lindsey Collins
Section: 2016 NRC Grassroots Events
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Catoosa, Okla. – On May 10, U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s Chief of Staff and Field Representatives for U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and Congressman Jim Bridenstine joined the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s Main Dock Dedication.
The City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority celebrated the completion of the port’s main dock renovation project. The project, taking over two years to construct and over eleven million dollars in investment, included completely replacing the 26,000 square foot yard surface of the 45 year old dock, constructing over 6,000 track feet of new rail, and the renovation of the 200-ton bridge crane, the largest crane on the McKellen-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
Chip Jaenichen, Administrator for the United States Maritime Administration; Gary Ridley, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation; and Bob Portiss, Director of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority spoke during the dedication. Michael Patterson, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Deidre Smith, Waterways Branch Manager for ODOT, unveiled the new MARAD Marine Highway Sign.
The event showcased the port’s new and improved infrastructure, as well as shippers, logistics companies, rail operators, and heavy haulers that make this port an economical and efficient conduit for business in the central United States.
NRC member company - McGrath LLC - designs, constructs, inspects and maintains railroads for Short Line, Military, and Industrial railroad customers. Jon M. McGrath, President of McGrath LLC and former NRC Chairman, was appointed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. to the City of Tulsa Rogers County Port Authority to join the Tulsa Port of Catoosa Board in January 2014.