Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Minnesota, Delaware ports join list of TIGER V grant recipients

Minnesota, Delaware ports join list of TIGER V grant recipients Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Port of Duluth-Superior in Minnesota has been awarded a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to improve infrastructure. The funding will be used to rebuild and expand the general cargo dock at the port and connect it to existing road and rail infrastructure.

 

"Strengthening the Port of Duluth-Superior helps strengthen the economy in Duluth and helps businesses across Minnesota," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). "This support will help ensure the port has 21st Century facilities and can continue to play a vital role in delivering Minnesota's products to markets across the world."

The Diamond State Port Corporation, which operates the Port of Wilmington in Delaware was also awarded a $10 million TIGER grant, which will fund a project to rehabilitate a wharf dating back to 1923, which serves two critical general cargo berths at the port of Wilmington and is in urgent need of repair.

The cost of the project is $13.4 million and the Diamond State Port Corporation, which owns and operates the port, will fund the remaining $3.4 million.

"This funding is a tribute to the hard work of our federal delegation and the value that the maritime industry places on the port of Wilmington," said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. "The investments we make in the port will continue to be an integral part of our strategy to create jobs and grow Delaware's economy."

"We are delighted to receive this grant," said Diamond State Port Corporation Executive Director Gene Bailey. "On behalf of our board and the men and women who work at the Port of Wilmington, I would like to thank Gov. Markell, Delaware's Congressional Delegation and Delaware maritime community for their steadfast and enthusiastic support of our TIGER V application. This award by the U.S. Department of Transportation confirms the importance of our port as a critical transportation asset in the U.S. and as a vital link in the international supply chain."

To read more about how the latest round of TIGER grants will help rail-related port projects, see our story from September 3.

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