Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:17

$3.5 Million in Improvements for Port of Oswego

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The Port of Oswego Authority is set to undergo a $3.5 million expansion that will increase the port’s importing and exporting capacity and could directly create five or more local jobs.

The project will transform the Oswego Intermodal Center on Mercer Street, east of the port on the lakeshore adjacent to the Fort Ontario baseball complex, by constructing approximately 2,800 feet of rail track along Lake Ontario connecting the intermodal center with the Port of Oswego Authority.

Additional rail capacity and open lot storage facilities will serve existing shippers like Novelis and Perdue AgriBusiness, which have made recent investments in the local economy and to their facilities.

As part of the expansion, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse is also planned for the site.

As part of the project, improved security measures, including a fence and cameras, will be added to stop trespassers and ensure the safety of pedestrians. An armored stone revetment will also be added along the shore of Lake Ontario to protect the planned rail expansion from damaging erosion.

To help fund the project, the port will receive a $2.1 million grant from the New York State Department of Transportation. Another $1 million will come from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative awarded in December 2015.

Final designs for the project are expected to be completed in June and the construction contract is set to be awarded by December.

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