Port of Cleveland continues to make strategic infrastructure investments in its facilities
The Board of Directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority have approved an agenda focused on continuing strategic upgrades to support maritime infrastructure and the multibillion-dollar local maritime industry.
Recently, the port had secured more than $8.5 million in repurposed FHWA funds through ODOT, originally secured in larger part to support buildout of a terminal for a trans-Lake Erie ferry service that did not move forward. The port board accepted these funds to be used instead to repair key bulkheads and improve efficiencies at port facilities.
Over $6 million of the funds will be used to rehabilitate structurally deficient bulkheads on the Cleveland Bulk Terminal that cause 20 percent of its dock capacity to lay dormant. Once complete, the project will yield unrestricted ship access along 100 percent of the bulkhead. In addition, the port will dedicate over $2 million to expand the existing entrance and security check point at the port’s general cargo docks, adding lanes to improve functionality and truck processing times, allow for expected growth and upgrade security and signage.
The board also approved authority for the port to commit a local match as it pursues a $5.9 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant to improve its ore loading facilities on its bulk terminal site. If secured, the grant would fund work that will improve efficiencies on the site to save time and resources for ships during discharge and loadout operations. This, in turn, will reduce congestion and air pollution onsite and beyond.
“Northeast Ohio’s maritime related businesses are a major driver of our economy, producing over 20,000 local jobs and contributing over $3.5 billion in annual economic activity,” said Will Friedman, Port President and CEO. “The Port of Cleveland is the linchpin to those maritime industries, and these critical infrastructure dollars and improvements will continue to put Cleveland in a superior position to compete in the Great Lakes market and beyond, while doing so in a greener, sustainable fashion.”