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The Ports of Indiana has received a $4 million federal grant to convert a vacant gravel yard into a multimodal storage facility at Burns Harbor.
The grant will fund construction of an 84,000-square-foot warehouse on a 1.64-acre storage pad in the east harbor arm. Public bidding for the project is tentatively set for first-quarter 2022, with construction slated for spring 2022, port officials said in a press release.
"We greatly appreciate the funding for this conversion project, which will transform an open space into a necessary indoor area to house bulk cargoes that come through our port," said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Vanta Coda II.
Not only will the project improve the movement of cargo at the port, it will help reduce transportation and maintenance costs and environmental impacts, said Ian Hirt, director of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Maritime Administration's Port Infrastructure Development Program. The Ports of Indiana has secured nearly $25 million in grant funding in recent years to make improvements, port officials said.
Norfolk Southern Railway and Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad serve the port.