MnDOT awards $18 million for port development projects

Seven port development projects that support efficient, reliable freight movement on Minnesota’s waterways were selected to receive a total of $18.1 million in grants, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced last week.

Photo courtesy of Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The funding comes from the competitive Port Development Assistance Program. Two of the projects are located in the Twin Cities metro area, and five projects are located in greater Minnesota.

Minnesota’s multimodal freight transportation system – including the state’s network of river and Great Lakes ports – is one of Minnesota’s strongest assets when it comes to economic development,” said MnDOT Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger. “These projects are examples of how collaboration between local partners, enhanced by private-public investments in critical local transportation infrastructure, support economic development and job creation throughout the state.”

All of the projects help improve Minnesota’s world-class multimodal freight transportation system and support growing industry, local businesses and economic development.

The funding also leverages $8.8 million in local and private funding, for a total construction program of $26.9 million.

More information about the selected projects and the PDAP program is available at MnDOT website.