The US Department of Transportation (DoT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the department’s plans to award more than $74m of funding to maritime infrastructure projects.
The grant represents 13% of the total $584m funding that will be provided for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia, from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2014 programme.
Foxx said: "As uncertainty about the future of long-term federal funding continues, this round of TIGER will be a shot in the arm for these innovative, job-creating and quality of life-enhancing projects."
The maritime projects included in the awards are the terminal 46 (T46) modernisation, Norfolk international terminals, port Newark container terminal access improvement and expansion, rehabilitation of Wando Welch terminal, BT1 infrastructure expansion, Seward marine terminal expansion and oil spill response access dock phase two for the Makah tribe.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) president and CEO Kurt Nagle said: "AAPA urges that 25% of TIGER grants be provided for port-related and connector infrastructure, since ports are one of the four eligible areas (along with highways / bridges, transit, and freight / passenger rail) for the TIGER programme.
"Furthermore, AAPA strongly advocates for new and additional funding in the next surface transportation bill that prioritises freight projects which optimise and integrate the nation’s freight transportation system."
The initial round of TIGER grants saw only 7% being awarded of the original $1.5bn allocated to port-related infrastructure projects.
Nagle added that the latest funding for maritime infrastructure projects, together with more than 9% of funding for freight rail and road planning and infrastructure projects, will enhance freight mobility, including connections to ports.