25 May Major Milestone for Jaxport: Deepening Project Receives First-ever Federal Construction Dollars May 25, 2017 By Laura Pavlus News Jaxport, logsitics, Jacksonville Port Authority, America's Logistical Center 0 Jacksonville Business Journal - May 24, 2017 - by Timothy Gibbons - Read Full Article Here The Jacksonville Port Authority has taken a major step forward in its quest to deepen the shipping channel in the St. Johns River: The federal government has committed $17.5 million in the upcoming fiscal year to help with the project. The Army Corps of Engineer’s civil work program construction work plan, posted to its website Wednesday, includes the money to “initiate construction of the deep draft navigation improvements at Jacksonville Harbor.” More about Clay County, Florida's strategic logistic and distribution advantages here! Although the funding is just a fraction of the estimated $700 million or more the entire project will cost, it does represent a major milestone, as this is the first time Washington, D.C., has stepped forward with money for the deepening itself.. “We’ve crossed the goal line on this one,” said Eric Green, Jaxport’s interim CEO. “The entire conversation now has changed.” In total, Florida has $238.3 million committed in the work plan. As well as the deepening money, North Florida projects include $3.2 million for beach nourishment in Nassau County and $3.3 million for nourishment in St. Johns County. For Jaxport, the funding represents the culmination of a fight that has been going on for years, as the area first struggled to get the work authorized and then fought to get the money to pay for it. The deeper draft is necessary to bring fully laden container ships in at all tide levels, particularly when dealing with the larger ships that are now going through the Panama Canal. The port embarked on the pre-construction, engineering and design phase of the project in 2014 -- which also recived federal funds -- setting the stage for actual construction. Plenty of unanswered questions still remain, including what the total price tag will be — the authority has mooted various options for the deepening project — and where the rest of the money will come from. Green was unable to say exactly when those answers would be nailed down. In April, the City Council — one likely funding partner — asked for hard numbers by the beginning of June but agreed that that was not a hard deadline. On Wednesday, Green committed to having answers “definitely” before the end of the year, with an eye toward work beginning in late 2017 or early 2018. “We have this incredible vote of support from the federal government,” Port Authority spokesman Nancy Rubin said. “We still have to fully define the plan for the community.” When the plan is rolled out, Green said, it will be fully formed, laying out exactly how much of the river will be dredged and where the funding will come from for each of the four phases the work is expected to be split into. “We’re not going to start the project until we can show we have all the funding,” he said. 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Black Creek Project Gets Green Light KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The St. Johns River Water Management District has approved a contract with an engineering firm for a multi-million dollar project to pipe water from the flood-prone Black Creek near Penney Farms to Lake Magnolia in Keystone Heights. The District approved a design bid from Jacksonville-based engineering firm CDM Smith and will now move to negotiate a contract. Their design work will be due by 2019. UPS Confirms it is Project Mountain, Plans $196 Million Expansion in Jacksonville The United States Parcel Service confirmed Friday afternoon it is the unnamed company in the economic incentive package that has been codenamed Project Mountain. Susan Rosenberg, a UPS spokeswoman, said the global logistics company worked closely with JaxUSA Partnership and city officials during the planning of the expansion project. That project will allow the company's Northwest Jacksonville regional distribution hub to increase the number of packages it can process per hour from 60,000 to 80,000 after investing $196 million. With $1 Billion in Roadwork Underway, Some Big Projects will Wrap Up in 2017 With $1 billion in roadwork underway, some big projects will wrap up in 2017. FDOT hosted public comments 1.5.17 for Blanding Boulevard widening. Project Announcement - Green Cove Development Group closes on the 23 acres that was formerly Gustafson Dairy Project Raven, Green Cove Development Group, closed on the purchase of 23 acres, the property commonly known as the former Gustafson Dairy. Another win for Clay County job creation! Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.