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The U.S. Department of Transportation is Granting $703 Million to Fund 41 PIDP Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is improving port facilities through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). They are awarding more than $703 million to fund 41 projects in 22 states and 1 territory. The awards include up to $100 million for port projects that will advance offshore wind deployment.

Here are a few of the projects that have been awarded the funds:

  1. The Salem Wind Port Project in Salem Massachusetts
    They will be receiving $33.8 million to start the redevelopment of a vacant industrial facility into a marshaling area for offshore wind energy projects. This project will include the construction of a 700-foot-long wharf and bulkhead. It will be able to handle oversized and heavy cargoes and also function as a loadout and assembly location. The project also consists of improvements to about 23 acres of neighboring uplands to create a laydown area next to the loadout and assembly space.
  2. The Bridgeport Port Authority Operations and Maintenance Wind Port Project in Connecticut
    They will be receiving $10.53 million for the design and construction of an operations and maintenance wind port. This project will include:
    • An installation of about 1,300 linear feet of anchored bulkheads
    • A floating service dock to aid offshore wind support vessels
    • Deepening the harbor by dredging about 30,000 cubic yards of material for larger support vessels
    • Installing two reinforced 20’ x 100’ crane pads that will act as relieving platforms for the new bulkheads
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  3. Lake Erie Renewable Energy Resilience Project in Monroe, Michigan
    They will be granted $11 million to fund four components of the project. The breakdown of the components is as follows:

    Component 1 – The riverfront work
    This will consist of replacing the surface of the existing wharf and constructing a second riverfront wharf so it can be used exclusively for vessel transfer of wind energy cargos, and reinforcing shoreline balance.

    Component 2 – Turning basin work
    This will include re-establishing the concrete dock cap, bollard, and fender installation as well as replacing about 390 feet of failed sheet pile.

    Component 3 – Small boat “Maritime Readiness Slip” construction
    This component will include demolishing and repurposing an existing small boat slip to be used by harbor-assist vessels.

    Component 4 – A Shore Power Infrastructure
    This will include removing the existing overhead lines and supplying shore power to the riverfront wharves.

  4. The Arthur Kill Offshore Wind Terminal Project in Staten Island, New York
    They will receive funding of $48 million for dredging of almost 740,000 cubic yards to create a 35-foot-deep ship basin for supporting further development of the bordering 32-acre site, as a purpose-built offshore wind staging and assembly facility in Staten Island. The staging and assembly facility will enclose 32 acres of upland area, a 1,365-foot-long wharf with an adjacent laydown area that has increased the load-bearing capacity, and two program areas.

    To see the full list of FY22 PIDP award recipients click here.

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