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Port-Related Projects Awarded Infrastructure Grants

Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation announced recently nearly $500 million to be made available for transportation projects across the U.S. under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, six awards totaling $61.8 million will go to commercial seaports or projects that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from U.S. ports. However, AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle pointed out that this year’s grants “included few funds for major maritime freight gateways” and said “it’s important that projects from the full range of port sizes and types receive grant awards in upcoming rounds of TIGER funding.”

Port-related projects awarded grants this year include the following.

- Little Rock, Ark.: increasing port capacity through improvements to slackwater harbor area, including a new dock with direct dock-to-rail capability, and additional rail storage

- Guam: reconstructing and expanding a damaged wharf to improve the efficiency of goods movement to and from Guam

- Albany, N.Y.: increasing port capacity for safe transport of heavy project cargoes to destinations around the U.S. and overseas by reconstructing the wharf with roll on/roll off capacity, replacing a warehouse, reconstructing a cargo storage area and rebuilding a port roadway

- Portland, Ore.: relieving truck shipment delays and reducing travel time for trains accessing the port by constructing a grade separation over a busy marine terminal rail lead and constructing road, intersection and multimodal improvements to increase access and connectivity between the port and the national highway system

- U.S. Virgin Islands: renovating and reconstructing a roll on/roll of dock, making waterside improvements to increase berthing capacity, constructing a multi-use facility for cargo storage and administrative activities, and implementing security enhancements

- Everett, Wash.: modernizing port facilities to meet 21st century demands and safely serve larger cargo vessels critical to the region’s aerospace supply chain by strengthening more than 500 feet of dock, creating a modern berth capable of handling roll on/roll off and intermodal cargo, upgrading high-voltage power systems, and constructing rail sidings to increase on-site rail car storage

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