Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a $450,000 grant for Norfolk International Terminals at the Port of Virginia.
The funding will be used to construct new rail facilities. The grant is issued through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Rail Industrial Access program. Terminal operators will construct 10,815 ft of track, and the grant complements the terminal’s $61 million capital investment project for the Port of Virginia. Track construction is expected to generate 31 jobs.
The Port of Virginia is located in Hampton Roads, which encompasses Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News. The port is a major contributor to the area’s congestion, and the rail facility expansion will help remove trucks from the road. Hampton Roads is home to several bodies of water that flow into the Chesapeake Bay, and there is only one interstate—I-64—serving the region.