CHICAGO The Port of New
Orleans has given its approval for work to begin on its
Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Project.
Los Angeles-based design firm
AECOM Technical Services Inc. has been given the go-ahead to
begin the design of the project. A 12-acre railyard that
services an adjacent container terminal will be reconfigured as
an intermodal container transfer facility, connecting to six
Class I railroads and their 132,000 miles of track, the port
The port received a
$16.7-million federal transportation grant to make improvements
to the Napoleon Avenue Intermodal Terminal last year.
Construction will begin in December and is expected to take one
year to complete.
"This critical project will
facilitate the movement of marine and rail cargo, stimulate
international commerce and enhance safety, all while reducing
the carbon footprint of the regional and national
transportation systems," port president and chief executive
officer Gary LaGrange said.
The port has already started
work on a related project to build a 4-acre container
marshalling yard adjacent to the intermodal terminal. The
marshalling yard should be completed by December.
The port handles steel imports and exports, among other