Officials approve plans to ease Savannah port congestion
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia port officials will spend $42 million to untie road and rail congestion around Savannah’s docks.
The Georgia Ports Authority approved work Monday that’s part of a larger $128 million project.
The Savannah Morning News reports plans include a bridge over a frequently-blocked rail crossing on Georgia 25 in Garden City.
Also planned are two railroad bridges over a canal.
Ultimately, the $128 million project will combine rail yards operated by CSX Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp. The new terminal will allow 2-mile (3.25-kilometer) trains to be loaded with double-stacked cargo containers. The railroads will be able to ship 1 million containers yearly from Savannah, up from 500,000 now.
The board also approved additional truck gates feeding a new connector to Interstate 95, which could take traffic off local streets.
Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com