Dan Webster: Transportation Department Sending Almost $20 Million to Port Tampa Bay

On Wednesday, from his perch on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., announced that Port Tampa Bay is getting almost $20 million from the federal government.

Webster said that the U.S. Department of Transportation is sending $19,862,930.00 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to Port Tampa Bay.

“Florida’s economy is dependent on our infrastructure systems moving goods and people efficiently and effectively,” said Webster. “Port Tampa Bay is a critical component of Florida’s transportation system and as it grows, it enriches Florida’s economy. The regional economic impacts of the success of the port are significant and extend well beyond the immediate Tampa Bay region.  Time and again, I’ve seen Florida port expansion result in big-time returns on our investment. I was pleased to support this project and thank Secretary Chao for announcing her intent to award these funds.”

“This administration is focused on infrastructure improvements and using federal funds to improve major highways, bridges, ports, and railroads across the country to better connect our communities, enhance safety, and support economic growth,” said U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao.

“Port Tampa Bay is pleased to have been awarded a $19.8 million U.S. Dept. of Transportation INFRA grant to expand our container terminals. Port Tampa Bay will use the grant to expedite construction of a new, 1,300-foot-long berth and a 30-acre container yard. This grant, combined with Port Tampa Bay and Florida’s investment, will provide long term-term benefits for the logistics supply chain as Florida’s population growth continues to grow. The upgraded facilities will benefit Florida importers and exporters, manufacturers and other producers, while reducing emissions, improving safety measures and providing additional economic benefits,” said Paul Anderson, the president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay.

The money will be used to build Berth 214 and other projects including utility and stormwater improvements, dredging, a gantry crane rail extension and a new container gate. The projects are expected to cost around $55 million.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

 

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