Congressman Garret Graves Announces $13 Million Transportation Grant for Port of South Louisiana
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced $13,410,662 will be given to the Port of South Louisiana through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant program, which will add multimodal connections and enhancement to the operational efficiency of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal.
“I just received a call from Secretary Elaine Chao and personally had an opportunity to thank her and the Administration for the DOT Grant that will boost production in the River Parishes and the greater South Louisiana region. We have continued to advocate for the improvements on our navigational channels and the efforts have secured the recent $85 million provided to deepen the Mississippi River by 50 feet. These continued strategic investments will position the Port of Louisiana and the Mississippi River at an even greater competitive advantage on the global markets,” said Graves.
“Our ports are an integral component of our Nation’s economic success,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “As the Administration continues to invest in America’s infrastructure, this program will further modernize and improve the efficiency of our waterways.”
Description - Port Infrastructure Development Grant Program:
Globalplex is a 335-acre maritime industrial park within the Port of South Louisiana’s jurisdiction and operated by Associated Terminals. The project will construct:
- a heavy load capacity floor in an existing bulk cargo warehouse,
- conveyor improvements,
- rehabilitation improvements on one of the park’s access roads,
- a rail spur connection, and
- a new dock access road and bridge to support the movement of heavy cargo at the Globalplex facility.
As America's largest tonnage Port district, the Port of South Louisiana is the premier sea gateway for U.S. export and import traffic. Governed by a board of seven Commissioners, the Port of South Louisiana, which stretches 54 miles along the Mississippi River, is the largest tonnage port district in the western hemisphere.
The Port Infrastructure Grant Program is administered by the Maritime Administration within the Department of Transportation to provide grants for a broad range of improvements within, or around, coastal seaports to improve safety, reliability, or efficiency.