U.S. Port-Related Projects Awarded $72.7 Million

March 15, 2018: Maritime Executive (full link below)

U.S. Port-Related Projects Awarded $72.7 Million

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its list of recipients for $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects in Round 9 of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

Of the 41 projects awarded grants in this round, five are port-related, although only two (out of 40 port applications submitted) went to marine port authorities. Port-related projects received a total of $72.7 million, or about 14.5 percent of the nearly $500 million available.

The following five port-related projects were approved for discretionary grants:

• Baltimore County, Maryland, will receive $20 million for the Mid-Atlantic Multi-Modal Transportation Hub to build state-of-the-art cargo-handling facilities at the Sparrows Point industrial facility in East Baltimore as part of a larger investment program to repurpose a former steel manufacturing site with marine service into a multi-modal logistics hub.

• The City of Burlington, Iowa, will receive $17 million for its Downtown/Riverfront Revitalization Project to convert parts of Main and Jefferson streets into complete streets, constructing a linear multi-use path park, a new waterfront community gathering area and new parking lots, and installing new boat ramps and docking facilities for use by river cruise lines and recreational boaters.

• Louisiana’s St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District will receive $13 million to rehabilitate to modern design standards the last two original wharf sections, A and F, which have been maintained but have exceeded their useful lives over the past 110 years.

• The Alabama State Port Authority will receive $12.7 million for its Southeast Automotive Gateway. The project is to convert an abandoned bulk handling facility at the Port of Mobile into a roll-on/roll-off mobile vehicle processing facility.

• The Indiana Department of Transportation will receive $10 million for the Wabash River Rail Bridge Infrastructure Revitalization Project to replace two deteriorating freight rail approaches to the Wabash River Bridge. The bridge serves as a rail link from energy and agricultural suppliers of Illinois to river ports in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, part of the Ports of Indiana.