Miami-Dade County awarded $7 million for PortMiami truck gate innovation
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Miami-Dade County a $7 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to replace two cargo terminal gates at PortMiami with new innovative automated truck gates.
The INFRA grant program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. Miami-Dade County was the only organization in Florida to receive this funding.
During U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine l. Chao’s most recent visit to Miami-Dade County, she was made aware of the importance of facilitating faster and more secure cargo transport in and out of PortMiami’s facilities. The new automated truck gates system will help achieve that objective for the benefit of the seaport’s customers and partners.
“We appreciate U.S. Secretary of Transportation Chao’s support in securing a $7 million INFRA grant for upgrades to PortMiami’s cargo gates,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “In order to continue to grow the economic significance of PortMiami, sustained investments in infrastructure are critical. Funding for the new automated gates will not only increase capacity and processing speed at our seaport, but it will also lower costs for shippers.”
PortMiami is recognized as one of the fastest growing ports in the U.S. It is a vital economic engine in Miami-Dade County, contributing $41.4 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 324,352 jobs in South Florida.
“I want to thank our US Senators and the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation for their support in securing this $7 million in INFRA grant for PortMiami,” said the Chairwoman of the Trade and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa. "Our seaport is a vital economic engine for not only Miami-Dade County, but all of South Florida, and its continued growth represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community.”
“PortMiami is committed to growing the business,” said Port Director Juan M. Kuryla. “Since the completion of the -50/-52 ft. deep dredge project in 2016, the port has welcomed more than 220 vessels requiring a -39 ft. draft. This number is only expected to increase as ocean carriers and shippers take advantage of prior investments including the channel deepening, acquisition of new cranes, upgraded on-dock rail, and a direct interstate connection via the Port tunnel. As the port continues to increase its capacity, this INFRA grant is another important step that will help the Port better respond to the next generation of cargo business.”
PortMiami is among America's fastest growing ports and recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World and a Global Gateway. PortMiami contributes more than $41.4 billion annually to Miami-Dade County and generates 324,352 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. For more information please visit www.PortMiami.biz.