- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Construction has started on the Twin Ports’ largest project to improve freight transportation in decades.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1GGQXL2 ) representatives of Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Duluth Seaway Port Authority broke ground on the $17.7 million construction project Wednesday.

They are expanding cargo docks at the port’s Garfield Pier as part of redevelopment of the 28-acre site. They also plan to remove past contamination and dredge around 60,000 yards of sediment.

It’s being funded with a $10 million federal grant along with $2.75 million from the Minnesota Port Development Assistance Program and around $990,000 from Minnesota’s Contamination Cleanup Grant program. The port authority is investing more than $3.9 million.

The first phase will double cargo capacity and is set to finish in the fall.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, https://www.wpr.org


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