Inland upgrades support US industry

DPC Main rail operator MG Rail Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Credit: Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

A government grant is enabling several projects at the US port of Jeffersonville to be rolled out simultaneously, and forms part of a nationwide push to update its inland waterways

The port of Indiana-Jeffersonville on the Ohio River in the US state of Indiana is undergoing a slate of truck-to-rail and rail-to-water improvement projects. The USD20 million projects “will be extremely transformative”, said the port authority. The Jeffersonville facility is an agriculture, steel, other bulk, and heavy-lift cargo operation.

The initiative received a USD10 million federal government Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2015, an amount matched by the ports of Indiana, which is the port authority of Jeffersonville and its sister ports, the expanding Burns Harbour on Lake Michigan and Mount Vernon on the Ohio River.

The trio of inland ports strategically link cargoes moving between the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The initiative also benefits from a state-funded bridge that opened in 2016, speeding up truck traffic between the port and important regional cities.

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