U.S. West Coast Ports Secure Infrastructure Funding

Image: U.S. Maritime Administration.

More than a dozen port projects in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington are expected to receive a portion of $653 million in Port Infrastructure Development Program funding announced Nov. 3 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The chosen projects are expected to improve the safety, efficiency or reliability of cargo flow and boost port resiliency, the federal agency said.

“Modernizing the nation’s port infrastructure is vital to the reinforcement of America’s multimodal system for transporting goods,” MARAD Ann Phillips said. “The advantages of cargo movement on water extend well beyond the maritime domain.”

In Alaska, projects include: $421,000 for the 40-acre deep water port development in Wrangell; $8.9 million for the construction of a new small boat harbor in Yakutat; $2.4 million for the Cape Blossom Port Planning Project in Cape Blossom; $11.2 million toward Arctic Deep Draft Port Utility Services in Nome; $2.3 million for the Jakolof Bay Dock Replacement Project in Seldovia; $3.3 million for the Metlakatla Port Improvements Project in Annette Island; and $43.3 million for the Dock Infrastructure Replacement project in Cold Bay.

In Hawaii, the program is expected to fund $23.4 million in improvements to Kawaihae Harbor.

California projects to be funded include $52.6 million toward the North Harbor Transportation System Improvement Project in Long Beach; $8.6 million toward the Redwood Marine Terminal and Baywide Master Plan Project in Eureka; $2 million to the Port of Hueneme Parking Structure Planning Project in Oxnard; and $11.2 million for the National City Marine Terminal Berth Rehabilitation and Electrification Project in San Diego.

Oregon and Washington funding includes $25.3 million for Port of Astoria’s Pier 2 West Rehabilitation Project; $7.7 million toward the Ko’Kwel Wharf Improvements Project in North Bend, Oregon; $3.4 million in operational capacity improvements at the Port of Newport to help process and move breakbulk cargo; and $54.2 million for the Port of Tacoma’s Husky Terminal Expansion project in Washington.

By Karen Robes Meeks