The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $240 million for 31 projects to improve safety and strengthen supply chains at the state’s ports. State lawmakers approved the funding during this year’s legislative session.
Twelve port infrastructure and development projects will split $200 million, and $40 million will go to roadway projects. Infrastructure projects include truck queuing areas, and rail and dock rehabilitation and expansion. The roadway projects will improve maritime port connectivity, enhance safety and relieve congestion in nearby communities.
The Galveston Wharves received a $42.3 million grant for three infrastructure and transportation projects, which the port matched with $15.75 million.
- The West Port Cargo Complex will receive $36 million to replace aging infrastructure and add 500 linear feet of berthing area to the port. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction beginning in 2024.
- $3.5 million will be allocated to internal roadway reconstruction, improving access to the West Port Cargo Complex and alleviating roadway congestion downtown.
- $3.85 million will go toward an enclosed pedestrian walkway which will provide safe public access to cruise terminals. Plans also call for a parking garage.
The port of Victoria will use $20.3 million to build railways for the Texas Logistics Center, including 42,000 feet of track. Victoria County and the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corp. will provide an additional $3 million each to the $26.4 million project.
The port of Harlingen received $6.9 million for four projects over two years. The port will provide a 25% fund match to improve and expand nearby roads.