Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher announces $142.5 million in funding for Port of Houston
HOUSTON – Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher announced Thursday that the Port of Houston will receive $142,515,000 in new funding under the IInfrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA).
The money will be used to upgrade Barbour’s Cut Channel, one of the main container handling terminals in the Gulf of Mexico.
“I am delighted that the US Army Corps of Engineers is awarding $142,515,000 from Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) at the Port of Houston,” Fletcher said. “This investment in the Port of Houston will strengthen our nation’s largest port by waterway tonnage, providing increased cargo-handling efficiency and capacity, allowing larger vessels and more cargo to pass through the channel. , and ensuring that the Port of Houston remains a strategic gateway for commerce. I was happy to vote for IIJA to fund critical projects in our region like this, so that Houston remains a leader in commerce and our nation’s supply chain can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials said the construction of Barbour’s Cut Channel will help deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel. Additionally, the Port of Houston is the only port in Texas to receive this funding.
“This federal funding is critical to keeping Project 11 on track and achieving a safer, faster and cleaner shipping channel for all users,” said Roger Guenter, executive director of Port Houston. “This investment and continued partnership with USACE will allow our shipping channel to continue to lead the way in supply chain efficiencies and meet the demands of new markets and supply chains. Thank you to everyone who helped bring these funds back to Houston. »
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