U.S. President Barack Obama recognizes port projects as nationally and regionally significant
The projects announced are the first seven of 43 additional projects that will be expedited under the Executive Order. The names of the other projects will be announced in the coming weeks.
The seven projects include five harbor improvements to deepen federal navigation channels for larger ships (in Jacksonville, Miami, Charleston, Savannah and New York/New Jersey), a project to increase the height of the New York harbors Bayonne Bridge to enhance navigation, and an intermodal container facility in Jacksonville to increase rail capacity.
Each of these projects directly support Americas seaports and their ability to move freight efficiently to reduce costs to consumers, create jobs, and help Americas manufacturing and agricultural industries sell their goods overseas.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has long stressed the importance of expediting permitting and project delivery processes for water- and land-side access infrastructure projects at Americas seaports, said Kurt Nagle, AAPAs president and CEO.
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents more than 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and about 300 sustaining, associate and honorary members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.