The Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville have completed infrastructure improvement projects worth $24 million.
The enhancements included:
- Adding four miles of additional rail track to accommodate unit train delivery to and from the port, along with two new rail loops connected to the waterfront facility.
- Construction of a waterfront intermodal facility that more than doubles the capacity of bulk commodities transferred from rail cars or trucks to barges.
- Completion of a three-acre transload facility that allows cargo to be transferred between trucks and rail cars.
The initiatives were partially funded by a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2015.
“We couldn’t be prouder to welcome (barges) from all over the world carrying millions of tons of cargo every year, supporting tens of thousands of careers and billions of dollars of economic impact,” said Governor Eric Holcomb in a video address from last month.
“It’s truly what propels our progress. Thank you for your continued commitment to fostering economic vitality through world-class infrastructure and keeping it all flowing so we all can keep growing.”
The new infrastructure enhancements aim to increase maritime commerce through domestic barge service.
Vanta E. Coda II, Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer, added: “The completion of the TIGER project is the result of the commitment that the Ports of Indiana has to best-in-class infrastructure and making our Indiana network bigger, better, faster. This infrastructure will allow our current and future customers to grow for the next 50 years.”
Back in February 2021, Ports of Indiana launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) in its search for an operator for the cargo dock at the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville.
In a statement, the company said it will look for a long-term business partner to provide stevedoring and distribution services to existing customers, grow and diversify cargos, make investments into facility expansions and drive projects that create significant economic benefits for the regional economy.