Businesses along U.S. Highway 20-26 west of Casper will receive an infrastructure boost with the state approval Thursday of a nearly $1.9 million grant for the construction of about 3.8 miles of sewer line.

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved a grant request of $1,855,432.50 submitted by the City of Casper-Natrona County Casper Area Economic Development Joint Powers Board.

Last month, the Wyoming Business Council had already approved the grant request, according to a news release from the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance. The Business Council then recommended the SLIB -- composed of the five statewide elected officials -- approved the request.

Nalco FabTech LLC, a major beneficiary of the project, invested a match of $256,630 to extend sewer service west of the Casper/Natrona County International Airport to 33 Mile Road.

Businesses along the project route have central water service but no central sewer service. That has limited business expansion.

"This will allow existing businesses in that area, including Nalco FabTech, LLC, the opportunity to expand and grow their facilities," according to CAEDA. "This project will add to the potential to further develop and open up the area for future business growth."

The system will have about 13,000 feet of gravity sewer, one lift station, and 7,100 feet of force main sewer from the U.S. Highway 20-26 area.

The "business ready community -- business committed grant" for the sewer infrastructure was among 10 requests to the SLIB from the Wyoming Business Council totaling nearly $5.3 million.