Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rail groundbreaking at Port Freeport

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Representatives from Port Freeport Commission, Executive Staff, and James Construction break ground for Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development. Representatives from Port Freeport Commission, Executive Staff, and James Construction break ground for Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development. Port Freeport

Port Freeport, Texas, broke ground for construction of Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development expansion project.

The rail project has been one of the port’s long term strategic objectives and will enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the Port’s current and future users and for Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry.

Plans call for the 250-acre site adjacent to State Highway 36 to be developed into a multimodal industrial park with new warehousing facilities for plastic resins packaging, cross-docking activities and distribution centers. Additional areas of the site have been reserved for new vehicle processing and storage.

The port said Union Pacific will service the new rail infrastructure.

Phyllis Saathoff, Port Executive Director and Chief Executive, said, “In addition to adding rail capacity to Port Freeport’s infrastructure portfolio, the new rail facility will enhance our partnerships with area industry, and will be the first step in future connections to the Texas International Trade Corridor.”

In July, Port Freeport Commissioners approved the issuance of a notice to proceed to James Construction for the $21-million Parcel 14 Rail Development Project. A total 21,000 linear feet of track will be constructed including a 6,000-foot lead track connecting to the Union Pacific main at Cherry Street, crossing SH 36, and then connecting to three ladder tracks of approximately 5,000 feet each.

“The Port is pleased to begin work with James Construction on this new rail project to support the business needs of our current and future customers and create jobs and economic prosperity for the area. With the opening of the expanded Panama Canal and the oil and gas renaissance experienced in this region, and the new resin production coming on line, growth at Port Freeport will continue,” said Port Freeport Chairman Paul Kresta.

The construction is scheduled to begin this month, with the new rail infrastructure being fully operational by July, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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