Federal government proposes grant for S.S. Badger docks

SKYFOX flies over the SS Badger in Manitowoc, July 2017. (WLUK/SKYFOX)

(WLUK) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing a $5 million grant to improve the docks for the S.S. Badger ferry in Manitowoc and in Ludington, Michigan.

Improvements proposed for Manitowoc are a 420-foot-long timber fender system and a sheet pile dock wall.

“Improving the infrastructure that connects our nation’s communities is a major priority of the Department and the Administration,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a news release. “This targeted investment in two communities connected by Lake Michigan will allow us to further improve economic and mobility outcomes.”

The docking facilities are about 70 years old.

Congress still needs to approve the grant.

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