US government unveils latest port infrastructure funding

A commercial dock hosts container ships for offloading cargo in Savannah, Georgia.

The Port of Dubuque and Northeast Georgia Inland Port are among the infrastructure projects chosen by US Department of Transportation (USDOT) to receive approximately $905.25 million, in addition to the Southport Berth Development at PhilaPort.

In a statement, the USDOT said the INFRA grants were selected as part of an effort to improve the US supply chain and logistics.

Additionally, it will relocate 2,800 ft of rail track to support direct transport of bulk goods from river barge to rail, and install new rail equipment, such as a rail-to-barde direct transfer system.

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) will receive $46.868 million to build a new inland container port along the I-85/I-985 corridor in an unincorporated area of Gainesville, which will be linked with the Port of Savannah by direct, 324-mile intermodal freight rail service.

The project will support economic vitality by creating jobs and reducing freight travel times by providing a direct freight rail link to the Port of Savannah, reducing the need for containers moving between the Gainesville area and the seaport.

By shifting more transport to freight, the project will have positive climate impacts by reducing vehicle miles travelled. There is also private sector support for the project which can stretch federal dollars even further with this project.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the investments will “create jobs and support regional economies” while helping to spur innovation, confront climate change and address inequities across the US.

The City of Dubuque will receive $5 million to increase capacity and make improvements to the Gavilon marine port and rail facility at Dove Harbor terminal.

The project will renovate existing storage facilities and replace and upgrade approximately 7,300 ft of inoperable rail track.

On 1 July, PTI reported that PhilaPort will receive $49 million from INFRA which will go to the $130 million multi-use berth at Southport.

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