California Ports Receive Infrastructure Grants

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The Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Stockton seaports last week announced that they have received grants from the State of California to fund several infrastructure projects that they say would improve the supply chain.

Of the $1.5 billion in grants announced by California Transportation (Caltrans) Secretary Toks Omishakin, the Port of Los Angeles is receiving $233 million, which goes toward funding the POLA’s Maritime Support Facility (MSF) Improvement and Expansion Project, the Rail Mainline/Wilmington Community & Waterfront Pedestrian Grade Separation Bridge and improvements to the State Route 47/Seaside Avenue and Navy Way Interchange.

“This nearly quarter-billion-dollar investment in critical Port of Los Angeles projects – along with an additional $191 million in supporting regional projects – will accelerate our efforts to boost competitiveness, create jobs and enhance decarbonization efforts,” Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka said July 6.

The Port of Long Beach has received a $383.35 million grant for its projects, including about $225 million toward zero-emissions cargo-moving equipment and infrastructure projects that support it, as well as $158.4 million for the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, set to begin in 2024 and be finished by 2032.

The Port of Oakland netted $119 million in grants for projects that modernize its marine terminal, which includes starting the port’s Outer Harbor Terminal green redevelopment, turning diesel-using cargo handling equipment into zero-emissions CHE, upgrading wharf and repaving Berths 32-33.

Funds would also pay for upgrading arterial roadways, such as improvements to the Adeline Street Corridor and the 3rd Street Truck Corridor.

“Ninety-nine percent of containerized goods in Northern California flow through the Port of Oakland, and with these much-needed infrastructure updates we can continue to improve the flow of goods through our seaport,” Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said.

The Port of Stockton secured $45.9 million for the Rail Infrastructure Improvements for Sustainable Exports Project. The money goes toward replacing the San Joaquin River rail bridge, expanding the port’s long lead track to two tracks and securing a zero-emission electric railcar mover, the port said.

By Karen Robes Meeks