Friday, September 7, 2012

Garibaldi, Tillamook Bay Ports Receive Construction Grants

The ports of Garibaldi and Tillamook Bay have been chosen to receive grant funding from the state ConnectOregon program, which provides grants and loans to non-highway transportation projects promoting economic development throughout the state.

The Port of Garibaldi is slated to receive $1.6 million and the Port of Tillamook Bay will get $163,000.
The Port of Garibaldi’s funding goes toward reconstruction of its 72-year-old Commercial Street wharf, so that it can handle about 300 pounds per square foot, as opposed to the current 100 pounds PSF.

The full cost to reinforce the structure is estimated at $4.1 million.

The Port of Tillamook Bay’s grant funds will go toward the renovation of two runways at the port’s industrial park. The runways will be re-paved and narrowed by several feet on each side.

The industrial park was used as an air base during World War II.

The ConnectOregon funds match FAA grant money already in place, according to the Port of Tillamook Bay.

Since it was launched by the state department of transportation in 2005, ConnectOregon has funded more than 100 projects around the state. Previous recipients include the ports of Portland, Arlington, Morrow, Umatilla, Coos Bay, St. Helens and BNSF Railway, among others.