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US to spend $703 million to improve ports

The US Department of Transportation is providing $703 million for 41 port infrastructure projects in 23 states, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The funds will boost coastal, Great Lakes and inland river ports. The awards aim to improve supply chain reliability, electrify equipment, improve or create new rail and road connections, boost offshore wind projects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The projects are being funded by a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in November 2021 and will be announced later Friday.

“We are providing record levels of funding to improve our port infrastructure, strengthen our supply chains and help reduce costs for American families,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement to Reuters.

The State of Alaska is receiving $112.5 million for four projects, including $68 million for an Anchorage port expansion and for the Aleutian Islands $10.2 million to repair a key harbor and 5, $4 million for a floating dock project.

New York will receive $48 million for the Arthur Kill offshore wind terminal project. The Staten Island project will fund the dredging of 740,000 cubic yards to create a 35-foot-deep ship basin.

Salem, Massachusetts has received nearly $34 million to redevelop a vacant industrial facility for offshore wind energy projects, including the construction of a 700-foot-long wharf.

The Port of Columbus, Mississippi, is getting $6 million for a new rail spur with 10,000 linear feet of track and docks providing direct rail access for transshipping cargo between barges and railcars, connecting the terminal to a line existing railroad operated by Kansas City Southern.

Detroit receives $16 million to rehabilitate existing port infrastructure and build a new port/rail connection.

Camden, New Jersey will receive $25 million to upgrade a functionally outdated truck route to the port by rebuilding nearly three miles of key road infrastructure.

Long Beach, California will receive $30 million to replace diesel construction tractors with 60 electric construction tractors and other equipment.

Grays Harbor Terminal in Aberdeen, Wash. is getting $25.5 million to build an additional 50,000 feet of railroad tracks and redevelop a 50-acre freight brownfield.
Source: Reuters (report by David Shepardson; editing by Rashmi Aich)