The U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $703 million to fund 41 projects in 23 states and one territory that will improve port facilities through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.
The funding, made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and additional appropriations from Congress, will benefit coastal seaports, Great Lakes ports and inland river ports, helping to improve supply chain reliability through increased port capacity and resilience, more efficient operations, reduced port emissions and new labor opportunities. Together, these investments will help get goods to shelves faster and lower costs for American families.
The funding includes $25,500,000 for the Grays Harbor Terminal 4 expansion and redevelopment project in Aberdeen.
The local project includes building an additional 50,000 feet of track to accommodate the trains; wagon storage; the repurposing of a 50-acre brownfield site; improving access and roads; replacement of certain marine terminal systems; and other improvements.
“This announcement is about jobs. It is about creating economic opportunities. Our ports are tremendous engines of economic development in our region. Improving our port’s infrastructure to support their ability to export American products overseas should not fall on the backs of the taxpayers of Grays Harbor,” Rep. Kilmer said. “That’s why I fought to help secure this vital new investment from the federal government. This will help create well-paying jobs in our region. It’s a big problem !”
Building a stronger and more resilient supply chain for the country has been a focus of the Biden administration, which issued an Executive Order on Supply Chains in February 2021 and established a Supply Chain Disruption Task Force, co-chaired by Secretary Buttigieg in July 2021. .
The administration has worked to create the infrastructure for a stronger and more resilient supply chain over the long term.
“So many of the goods we all rely on, from appliances to furniture to clothes, pass through our country’s ports before they reach us,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Thanks to funds from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are providing record levels of funding this year to improve our port infrastructure, strengthen our supply chains and help lower costs for American families.”
The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) supports the efforts of ports and industry stakeholders to improve port and related cargo infrastructure to meet the country’s freight transport needs and ensure that our port infrastructure can meet the expected growth in freight volumes.
The program provides planning, capital funding and project management assistance to improve port capacity and efficiency. The PIDP provides funding to ports in urban and rural areas for planning and capital projects. It also includes a statutory reserve for smaller ports to continue to improve and expand their capacity to move freight reliably and efficiently and support local and regional economies.
More than 60% of the rewards will benefit ports located in historically disadvantaged communities and several of the projects will help reduce emissions at ports through electrification.
Additionally, more than $150 million in awards include a focus on electrifying port amenities to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
The awards also include nearly $100 million for port projects that will advance the deployment of offshore wind – in support of President Biden’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, this which is enough to power 10 million homes with clean energy, support 77,000 jobs and drive private investment up and down the supply chain.
“President Biden’s commitment to modernizing our infrastructure – since the start of his administration – has resulted in unprecedented investment in all segments of our port infrastructure to allow us to move goods faster, build resilience supply chain and reduce the climate impacts of the port operations themselves,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips.
Other grants include:
The JAXPORT EXPRESS Project ($23,518,000)
The project has five main components: 1) installation of electrified reefer container stacks; 2) acquisition of six hybrid electric gantry cranes on tires; 3) purchase of 16 battery electric forklifts, ten battery electric construction tractors and seven Tier 4 diesel first choices; 4) installation of 15 high-power direct current fast charging stations and wedging caps; and 5) the development of a replaceable and scalable plan for the transition of the port and the local maritime industry to zero-emission technologies.
Salem Windport Project ($33,835,953)
The project will redevelop a vacant industrial facility into a staging area for offshore wind power (OSW) projects. The project includes the construction of a 700-foot-long dock and bulkhead that will accommodate oversized and heavy cargo and serve as a loading and assembly location. The project also includes improvements to approximately 23 acres of adjacent upland to create a drop-off area adjacent to loading and assembly space.
Steel Wheel Project – Columbus Wharf Expansion ($6,123,225)
The project includes the design, engineering, construction and inspection of a new rail spur with approximately 10,000 linear feet of track and three transshipment docks that will provide direct rail access for the transshipment of goods between barges and railcars at the West Bank Port of Lowndes County. The port currently does not have direct rail access and the new rail spur will connect the port terminal to an existing rail line operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS).
Camden Port Infrastructure Access and Resilience Project ($25,000,000)
Camden, New Jersey
The project will upgrade a functionally obsolete and structurally deficient truck road to improve access to the Port of Camden from I-676 by rebuilding nearly three miles of key road infrastructure. Project elements include improved truck turning radius, roadway reconstruction, resurfacing and reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks, new storm water drainage and green infrastructure, sewer repairs, ADA ramps, traffic calming, new traffic lights and crosswalks, improved street lighting, striping and new signage. .
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority ($27,223,711)
The project includes both the development phase (planning, permitting, engineering and design) and construction activities at the Port of Cleveland. It will modernize a 144,000 square foot warehouse (warehouse A); develop rainwater collection and treatment infrastructure; build a modernized maintenance and resupply facility for terminal equipment; and installing electrical infrastructure to meet the power needs of ships’ cold ironing and electrified cargo handling equipment.
Green Bay Port Site Development Project ($10,134,800)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
The project finances the first phase of the redevelopment of a former power station site into a new port terminal. The project includes the following components: engineering services; clearing and cleaning of the existing industrial wasteland; construction of new quay walls and partitions; dredging; installation of the embankment behind the wall and the partitions of the quay; construction of rainwater collection and treatment facilities; installation of bollards and crane platforms; asphalt resurfacing; new roads and public services; truck scales; construction of an office building; and the repair and extension of a railway spur with the installation of three switches.
For a full list of PIDP FY22 award winners and to learn more about the program, visit About Port Infrastructure Development Grants | MARAD (dot.gov).