The port of Albany in the USA has been awarded a USD9.9 million grant from the NYS Department of Transportation (DoT) passenger and freight rail assistance programme (PFRAP) to upgrade its heavy lift infrastructure. 

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The upgrades form part of the port’s heavy lift wharf deck and rail enhancement project, which will focus on rail and maritime infrastructure improvements to bolster its heavy lift and project cargo handling capacity.

The improvements are the final phase of the port’s maritime infrastructure investment project that includes more than USD100 million in upgrades, with construction either completed or underway.

Recently completed projects in the maritime terminal include construction of a new 45,000 sq ft (4,180.6 sq m) heavy capacity warehouse, reconstruction of 840 ft (256 m) of the wharf, construction of a new 60,000 sq ft (5,574.2 m) warehouse and reconstruction of the on-dock warehouse, as well as full maritime terminal reconstruction and adjacent service road upgrades.

Regarding the latest funding award, port of Albany ceo Richard Hendrick said: “These rail and maritime infrastructure improvements are key to ensuring regional manufacturers can transport their products to the world through the port of Albany. It will also ensure heavy cargo and special project cargo can be transported through the facility and is a capstone to recently completed upgrades at the port of Albany.”