Sen. Menendez announces $52M to support and modernize New Jersey’s ports

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on Thursday announced a combined total of $52.49 million from the Port Infrastructure Development Program to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the South Jersey Port Corp. to modernize and equip the state’s ports with the infrastructure and security necessary to enhance the movement of exports and imports throughout the state and country.

Out of the total amount, $20.49 million was allocated to the South Jersey Port Corp. for Phase 2 of the Wind Port in Paulsboro. These funds will be used to complete a series of upgrades, construction projects and restorations to effectively collect stormwater, provide the necessary infrastructure needed for utility connections and improve security measures.

“Ports are vital sources of economic growth and opportunity for small businesses and large enterprises across the state and country. This $52 million investment will strengthen U.S. supply chains and will be critical in reducing inflationary pressures,” Menendez (D-N.J.) said. “These improvements and ongoing investments in New Jersey ports will also help preserve our national and economic security with the services they provide. I’m proud to have helped deliver this funding that will provide more jobs and opportunity for the people of Newark, Paulsboro and across the state.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was awarded $32 million to replace and modernize the Berth PN-308 in Port Newark, reconstructing the wharf with a 75-year service-life. The port has been out of service since September 2021 due to structural safety concerns. The project will increase the live load criteria by 300% while implementing flexible resiliency enhancements to manage rising sea levels.

“The ships arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey are carrying the goods that power our region’s economy,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said. “This grant award will make sure those ships have a reliable place to dock — a rebuilt wharf and pier structure that will last well into the future.”

“The Port Authority is committed to maintaining the cargo capabilities of the Port of New York and New Jersey at the highest possible level in order to keep the port at the forefront of the nation’s supply chain,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said. “This grant is a key element in achieving that ambition.”