The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners has notified AECOM Technical Services to begin the design of the port’s new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Project.
The port received a $16.7 million federal transportation grant last year for improvements to the Napoleon Avenue Intermodal Terminal. The project site is an existing 12-acre railyard that serves the adjacent Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The new railyard will be reconfigured and modernized into an intermodal container transfer facility.
Construction will begin in December 2013 and is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Additionally, the port and the Louisiana Port Construction and Development Priority Program are matching a portion of the federal grant to build an adjacent 4-acre container marshaling yard at the upriver end of the Louisiana Avenue Terminal. The board awarded a $3.7 million construction contract to Hard Rock Construction for the new paved yard. Construction began this month and is expected to be completed by December.
The overall cost of both projects is estimated to be about $26 million.