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USDOT Invests 653$M in Port Infrastructure

Posted: 11/14/2023

On November 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced over $653M to fund 41 port improvement projects across the nation under the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). 

Awards include more than $172.8M for 26 small ports to continue to improve and expand their capacity to move freight reliably and efficiently, thereby boosting local and regional economies while protecting surrounding communities from air pollution.

Projects were selected based on their ability to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods, as well as on how well they would improve port resilience. Other factors included how well the project would enhance economic vitality, support workforce development, and address climate change and sustainability.

4 Ports in California were awarded, capturing more than $74M in total funding:

  • North Harbor Transportation System Improvement Project
    Long Beach ($52,633,331): This project will add a third track to the Dominguez Channel Bridge, relocate and modernize Pier B Street (its on-dock roadways and associated utilities), and realign Pico Avenue, replacing and relocating its aging utilities.

  • Redwood Marine Terminal & Baywide Master Plan Project
    Eureka ($8,672,986): This project includes studies, site design & engineering, site investigations, and permitting activities for a heavy-lift facility to support offshore wind farm development. It also includes creation of the Baywide Master Plan, project management, and grant administration.

  • Port of Hueneme Parking Structure Planning Project
    Oxnard ($2,000,000): This planning project for the design of a 3-level parking structure will serve as a first-point-of-rest for vehicles being transferred between ocean-going vessels and the processing centers used to prepare vehicles for their eventual transport from the port to their final destination.

  • National City Marine Terminal Berth Rehabilitation & Electrification Project
    San Diego ($11,250,000): This project will upgrade two berths by rehabing degraded infrastructure, installing infrastructure and equipment to allow ocean-going vessels to connect to grid-based electricity while alongside the terminal berth, and installing terminal and warehouse lighting upgrades and associated infrastructure.

Read the full announcement or access the complete list of winners

What is PIDP?

The Port Infrastructure Development Program provides discretionary grants for projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and/or reliability of goods movement in, out, and around, a port.

PIDP funds ports in urban/rural areas for planning and capital projects, but also includes a set-aside for small ports to improve and expand their capacity to move freight reliably and efficiently and support local economies.

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