GPA Okays $42 Million For Rail Terminal
US East Coast port operator Georgia Port Authority (GPA) has approved rail and gate expansion projects that will significantly increase capacity at GPA’s Garden City Terminal.
Construction works are slated to begin next month and be completed by the end of 2020.
A new railway facility, Mason Mega Rail Terminal as announced previously, will double rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year to reach new markets.
Adding a rail facility should also and reduce traffic for the local community.
The project will not only expand the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail capacity by 100%, allow it to quickly add services to inland markets from Memphis to Chicago.
A total of US$90.7 million has been allocated to the railway facility so far.
GPA’s board on November 13, 2017 approved expenditures of $42.27 million towards the estimated cost of $128 million.
It also earmarked $13.2 million for a project to expand the existing Gate 8 at Garden City Terminal, providing better motorway access for future growth.
Expanding the terminal’s gate infrastructure by 12.5% will give the terminal a total of 54 truck lanes.
Ahead of allocating the funds, GPA reported a record-breaking 32% growth in containerized trade for October, 2017.
In addition to record container volumes, Lynch reported to the Board that total tonnage for all terminals climbed by 25%, from 2.6 million to 3.2 million tons, for an additional 661,290 tons of cargo.
Breakbulk tonnage, primarily the movement of lumber, steel and autos, also increased by 14.7%, signifying the growing strength of construction and manufacturing in the US Southeast, he said.
GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said: “A strong Southeast U.S. economy, on-terminal expansion, and investment by private logistics firms throughout the region have resulted in phenomenal growth for Georgia.
“But these record volumes could not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the men and women responsible for moving this cargo.
“From the GPA and the International Longshoreman Association, to the stevedores and logistics community, thank you for a job well done.
“In addition to expanding capacity, we will also reduce the impact on our local community.
“The new pre-check lanes will reduce truck congestion and the Mega Rail Terminal will significantly reduce or eliminate rail crossings.”
Jimmy Allgood, GPA Board Chairman, said: “What makes Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority a continuing success story is the relentless effort to stay one step ahead of the curve and the competition.
“The projects approved today will do exactly that.”