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Governor Evers Announces $40.5M in Harbor Grants

GREEN BAY, WI — Governor Tony Evers announces grants totaling $40,565,780 for eight harbor maintenance and improvement projects in Wisconsin. Improvements will promote shipbuilding, waterborne freight, and assist economic development in local communities and statewide.

“Wisconsin has the unique advantage of being surrounded by water on three sides, with a vital commercial port and harbor system,” Evers said. “With the 2019-2021 budget, we committed to investing in this critical asset."

“The ripple effect of our harbor grants is felt statewide,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson. “The department makes continued investments in our commercial waterfronts because investing in transportation pays off in our quality of life and in our state’s economic growth and well-being.”

The 2020 Harbor Assistance Program grants include:

City of Bayfield, Apostle Island Marina: $2,051,400 to repair and rebuild an existing breakwater structure and dock wall and provide shoreline protection.
DeLong Co, Inc.: $4,900,000 to construct a new transload facility at Port Milwaukee designed to unload agricultural commodities from rail and truck onto sea-going vessels.
City of Manitowoc, City Centre: $2,247,740 for construction of a loadout pad for oversized and overweight cranes.
City of Marinette, Fincantieri Marinette Marine: $29,000,000 for construction of dock walls, bulkheads, dredging, blasting, the waterfront infrastructure, vertical ship lift equipment, and other costs to transition the shipyard to accommodate construction of larger vessels.
Port Milwaukee: $200,000 for site preparatory work to construct an intermodal container facility on port property.
St. Mary’ Cement Inc.: $166,640 in emergency funding to replace a failed bollard.
City of Superior, Fraser Shipyard: $500,000 for dry dock safety improvements, which supports the servicing of the Great Lakes maritime fleet.
U.S. Oil: $1,500,000 to install a vapor control system, repair and modify storage tanks, and construct rail connection enhancements at its Port Milwaukee facility.

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