Tuesday, July 10, 2012
South Carolina port to go inland
The South Carolina State Ports Authority announced it plans to develop, and operate, an inland port in Greer, South Carolina, and has allotted $23.5 million in its 2013 fiscal budget towards the 100-acre site.
The port said in its statement the inland port would be a public-private partnership and that upon land permit approval, it would apply for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds "due to the multimodal characteristics of the project."
"The successful growth of intermodal container movements in our state and the region requires the development of state-of-the-art container handling facilities in the interior able to ground loaded and empty containers and leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the SCPA.
The inland port project is akin to the Virginia Inland Port in Fort Royal, Virginia in that the SCPA, like the Virginia Port Authority, would operate the facility, Newsome said.
The facility's proximity to the I-26 and I-86 corridors will be a "game changer" and encourage the further development of a distribution hub, Newsome said.
The port said it is negotiating a preliminary engineering contract with Patrick Engineering to "define the land footprint required to support the facility, the final cost, and key operational aspects and will be performed on a fast-track basis consistent with the aggressive overall timetable for the project."
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