About $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery 2013 discretionary grant program has been awarded to 52 transportation projects in 37 states, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced.
Among these grants, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million will be designated for projects in rural areas of the country. In this fifth round of grants, the DOT received 585 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, totaling more than more than $9 billion.
Among the projects awarded funding is $10 million for the Port of Baltimore to increase its cargo handling capacity and provide rail access at its Fairfield Marine Terminal. The project will use dredged material from the Maryland port’s 50-foot deep main access channel to fill Fairfield Marine Terminal’s antiquated basin, resulting in a 7.6-acre cargo staging area that will enable rail access, enhancing the port’s handling of roll-on, roll-off equipment. The total estimate for the project is $29 million, and the Maryland DOT has agreed to fund the other $19 million.
Other ports also received awards, including:
- Jackson County Port Authority — $14.0 million for the Port of Pascagoula’s Bayou Harbor in Mississippi to upgrade its rail connection.
- Port of Houston Authority — $10.0 million to extend the Bayport Terminal’s wharf to 4,000 feet.
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority — $10.0 million to rebuild a general cargo dock at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Wisconsin.
- Diamond State Port Corp. — $10.0 million to rehabilitate a wharf at the Port of Wilmington, Del.
- Sound Transit — $10.0 million in Washington to replace a trestle and bridge with a double-track structure.
- Eastport Port Authority — $6.0 million in Maine to replace the Port of Eastport’s breakwater and two of its pier sections, as well as increase berthing space.
- Port of Oswego Authority — $1.5 million in New York to construct a roadway with rail tracks between its main East Terminal and storage area.
- Port of Garibaldi — $1.5 million in Oregon to rebuild a wharf and enhance marine and highway intermodal access.
Other transportation projects that received TIGER funding include:
- City of Boston — $15.5 million to improve roadways and the transit system.
- Illinois’ City of Springfield — $14.4 million for the first stage of its Springfield Rail Improvements Project.
- San Diego Association of Governments — $14.0 million to replace trestle railway bridges.
- Florida DOT — $13.8 million to better link two freight rail corridors.
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority — $10 million to separate passenger and freight trains on its West Trenton Regional Rail Line.
- Michigan DOT — $9.4 million to complete improvements in the Dearborn-Kalamazoo section of the high-speed rail corridor.
- Vermont Agency of Transportation — $9.0 million to replace old jointed rail with continuously welded rail, as well as new surfacing, ballast and ties.
- Indiana DOT — $8.2 million to replace a bridge in Greene County that connects regional freight corridors.
- Arkansas DOT — $5.0 million to resurface a section of Highway 92.
- Pima County — $5.0 million in Arizona to extend the Wilmot siding and install switches for trains at the inland Port of Tucson Container Export Rail Facility.
- Mississippi DOT — $4.3 million to rehabilitate the Interstate 20/Vicksburg Mississippi River Bridge.
- Oklahoma DOT — $1.8 million to repair 15 miles of state-owned railroad track.
- Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority — $11.3 million to support freight and passenger rail enhancements in central Texas.
- New Hampshire DOT — $1.4 million to upgrade and repair a mainline rail line.