October 31, 2022 | Victoria Advocate (full link below)
A grant from the federal government is expected to boost the Port of Palacios’ efforts to update critical infrastructure.
The new funding is worth $9.6 million, according a news release from Sen. John Cornyn’s office. Grant money will be used to repair or replace about 5,600 feet of bulkhead and install approximately 20 vessel-to-shore power stations. Each power station would have the capacity to serve several vessels simultaneously.
Altogether, the improved infrastructure “will make the facilities more resilient to the effects of natural disasters and sea level rise,” according to the news release.
“Access to safe and efficient infrastructure is critical as more goods come in and out of Texas ports each day,” Cornyn said in a statement. “I applaud this announcement and look forward to seeing the positive impact this investment in the Port of Palacios will have for commerce in the Gulf Coast.”
Funding for the port improvements was made possible by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Port Infrastructure Development Grants. The federal government appropriated $450 million for the grant program this year.