A release of $3 million from Missouri’s general revenue budget by Gov. Jay Nixon earlier this month means the Southeast Missouri Port Authority will move ahead this year on a project to add railroad tracks, accelerating development of the port’s infrastructure. Ports throughout the state are sharing the $3 million designated for capital improvements, which was placed on hold by the governor last year and released recently because of an increase in state revenue that Nixon attributed to an improving economy. Port authority executive director Dan Overbey says the local port’s share is nearly $425,000, which, combined with the port’s $106,000 match, will build about 1,800 feet of railroad tracks to serve future customers. The tracks can be leased to a port customer and occasionally shared by the port railroad and other customers. Revenue from use of the tracks helps cover operation expenses and port maintenance. It also puts the port in a position to save for future infrastructure improvements. The amount of cargo shipped through the port reached a record high in 2014, at 1.3 million tons. Capital funding the port hopes to receive this year, totaling $762,000, will see a $190,000 match from the port to pay for other infrastructure improvements. The funding must be approved by the Missouri Legislature.