Five U.S. Ports Receive Government Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 18 proposed grant awards for projects under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program.
Five port authorities are on the list of proposed grant awardees:
1. Georgia Ports Authority ($44 million) for the Port of Savannah International Multi-Modal Connector. The award is a significant portion of a total $128 million project which is expected to take five years to complete.
2. Massachusetts Port Authority ($42 million) for the Conley Terminal Intermodal Improvements and Modernization
3. Oregon International Port of Coos Bay ($11 million) for the Coos Bay Rail Line - Tunnel Rehabilitation Project. There are nine tunnels over an 82-mile section between Coos Bay and Eugene, all of which are near 100 years old and in desperate need of repair or rehabilitation. The funding from this grant will allow the Port to improve the tunnel drainage systems including track and ditch work, structural repairs and some clearance improvements in tunnels. This project is expected to cost $18.8 million dollars.
4. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ($10.67 million) for the Cross Harbor Freight Program (Rail)
5. Maine Port Authority ($7.72 million) for the Maine Intermodal Port Productivity Project
Congress authorized $800 million in funding under the program for the 2016 financial year.
A complete list of projects selected by DOT is available here.