U.S. Department of Transportation announces $1.6 million grant for Port of Marquette

The iron ore dock at Marquette's Upper Harbor.
The iron ore dock at Marquette's Upper Harbor.(WLUC)
Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 3:45 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLUC) - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the award of more than $1.6 million for projects at the Port of Marquette Thursday.

The project will improve critical port infrastructure, dredge encroaching sediment to protect port infrastructure, and deposit dredge materials on shore to enhance coastal restoration and protect road infrastructure at the Port of Marquette.

More than $241 million in discretionary grant funding was awarded to 19 states and one territory for 25 projects to improve port facilities through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action on commitments in the Biden-Harris Port Action Plan, which will work to strengthen supply chains to meet demand resulting from the rapid economic recovery over the past year, and help address inflationary pressures, said the DOT in a press release.

“U.S. maritime ports play a critical role in our supply chains,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These investments in our nation’s ports will help support American jobs, efficient and resilient operations, and faster delivery of goods to the American people.”

The PIDP is in its third year and has already awarded $492 million for 32 projects of regional and national economic significance within its first two years. The program supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve facility and freight infrastructure to ensure the Nation’s freight transportation needs, present and future, are met. It provides planning and capital financing and project management assistance to improve ports’ capacity and efficiency.

The projects that were awarded grants include coastal seaports, Great Lakes ports, and inland river ports. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 PIDP includes priorities related to job creation, climate change, and environmental justice impacts.

“These investments will support the shift to cleaner transportation, which will create more economic activity and good paying jobs,” said the Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley. “The Port Infrastructure Development Program is an important part of building back better for our ports, our communities, our economy, and our people.”

All PIDP grant award recipients must apply, comply with and implement all provisions of the Buy American Act.

The Alpena, Mich. port was granted $3.7 million for projects. A full list of recipients can be found here.

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