Port of Beaumont kicks off construction on Main Street Terminal I

The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners have approved a $57.3 million construction bid for a project aimed at increasing the port’s general cargo handling capacity by more than 15%.

Phase II of the Main Street Terminal 1 project, awarded to McCarthy Building Companies, includes demolition of a failed dock structure and construction of a new state-of-the-art general cargo dock.

The Main Street Terminal 1 project, funded in part by 2017 General Obligation Bonds, a 2019 U.S. DOT BUILD grant, and Port revenues, is expected to be complete by June 2024.

“With more than ten years invested in engineering the project, optimizing the design, securing grants, and gaining final approvals, it’s incredibly rewarding to see it move forward,” said Port Director Chris Fisher. “With the additional capacity, we will be able to more fully serve existing customers and welcome new customers.”

The new dock will be 1,200 feet long and 130 feet wide, with a larger section in the middle measuring 152 feet wide. Its construction will consist of concrete piles, cast-in-place concrete caps and beams, pre-cast concrete deck panels, and a concrete topping slab.

The Main Street Terminal 1 project is the largest of the 20 projects on the Port’s 2022 Capital Improvement Program.

By Q3 of 2022, it is anticipated that more than $100 million in new projects will be underway, including three new docks and a new rail interchange track.

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