Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 11-10
Date: Jul 13 2010
Contact: Cheron Wicker
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Gives Green Light to Oahu Pier 29 Container Yard

TIGER Recovery Project in Honolulu Begins Moving Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval to begin reconstruction of the Pier 29 Container Yard in Honolulu Harbor, Oahu after signing a $24.5 million TIGER grant agreement with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation Harbors Division, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.

“The Oahu Pier 29 Container Yard reconstruction project is another example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to modernizing our transportation infrastructure and creating economic opportunities for our maritime community,” said Secretary LaHood. “Thanks to TIGER Recovery Act grants like these, transportation projects are creating jobs in communities across the country.”

The new pier will increase harbor efficiency and safety by improving 12 acres of existing port yard area to support cargo operations that are vital to Hawaii’s water-dependent economy. The new construction will include new pavement, drainage, water, lighting, sewer, fire protection and electrical systems. Pier 29 will ultimately shift truck traffic away from highly congested areas to further improve freight efficiencies and air quality.

The reconstruction project, which is expected to begin in August 2010 and take fifteen months to complete, will provide immediate construction and construction-related jobs for over 300 people.

The $24.5 million grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, designed to promote innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that provide significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, region or the nation.

“All around the country, TIGER Recovery Act grants are focusing on port infrastructure projects such as these that are difficult to fund under traditional stovepipes but can drive growth and improve the quality of life in their communities,” Maritime Administrator David Matsuda said.

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