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New Orleans port OKs work for terminal project design

Keywords: Tags  Port of New Orleans, Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Project, intermodel containter terminal, Gary LaGrange, Corinna Petry

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 authority said.

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 commodities.

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