Port Everglades awarded a $19 million modernization grant

feet Port Everglades in Lauderdale, Fla., has received a $19 million federal grant to modernize several cargo docks, port officials said this month. The grant comes from the US Department of Transportation and is part of the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). According to a press release announcing the grant, the project will replace approximately 1,650 feet of bulkheads (dam) at berths 16, 17 and 18. The project includes new steel sheet piling bulkheads with concrete caps, cathodic protection, mooring hardware and fender systems, port facility enhancements, berth apron paving, drainage system improvements, and seabed habitat investigation and mitigation. “The new bulkheads are designed and engineered to accommodate sea level rise and to accommodate new generations of larger cargo and cruise vessels,” said Jonathan Daniels, Port Everglades chief executive officer and port director, in the press release. More than $703 million is earmarked to fund 41 projects in 22 states and one territory as part of the Maritime Administration’s PIDP, according to the Department of Transportation. The PIDP supports the efforts of ports and industry stakeholders to improve the port and related freight infrastructure to meet the country’s freight transportation needs and ensure that the port infrastructure can handle the expected growth in freight volumes.

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