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Long Beach port lets contract for major rail project


Last week, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded a $36.8 million construction contract to Ames Construction Inc. for the "Green Port Gateway," a project designed to enhance on-dock rail capacity at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

Green Port Gateway includes a major track realignment and the development of a rail support yard. Work calls for demolishing and removing the existing tracks, laying 29,000 linear feet of new tracks and building 6,000 linear feet of retaining walls. Construction is slated begin as early as November and conclude in July 2014.

The improvements will minimize derailments and optimize rail traffic flow to and from waterfront terminals, port officials said in a prepared statement.

"The Green Port Gateway is an important component of the port's overall modernization project [that] allow us to move cargo more efficiently," said Susan Anderson Wise, president of the board of harbor commissioners.

A $17 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery III grant and $31.75 million from the state of California's Proposition 1B transportation measure will help finance the project.

Green Port Gateway is the first of four rail projects expected to begin during the next year to expand the port's on-dock rail capacity. The project also is part of the larger San Pedro Bay Ports Rail Enhancement Program, which includes several projects planned by both the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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