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Texas Ports to Receive Department of Transportation Funding


As part of the $653 million in grants for upgrading and expansion of 41 coastal and inland ports, three facilities in Texas will receive Department of Transport (DOT) funding: -


  • Port Freeport, on the Gulf of Mexico, will receive $16 million to expand the Velasco Terminal.  This will include construction of a 37,000 square foot cross-dock warehouse and a new terminal access truck gate.  Port Freeport is a major crude oil and natural gas export facility that handled 31.2 million tons of freight from 1,200 vessels in 2022.  Currently, the Freeport ship channel is being deepened to 56 feet at a cost of $295 million.

  • Baytown will receive $11 million to expand dock and channel installations for the Cedar Port industrial park located on the Houston Ship Channel.  Cedar Port is a significant rail- to-barge terminal.
  • The Port of Bay City will receive $10 million for the West Basin Bulkhead project comprising a new 400-foot cargo dock with truck access.