INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROAD UPDATE
- Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is 35 percent complete.
- Vital link to the future of maritime trade for Georgia and the nation
- Provides deeper water necessary to better accommodate today’s larger vessels.
- Port of Savannah already serving ships carrying more than 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units.
- GPA working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, elected officials in Washington, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s office to ensure appropriate funding is in place to complete the Savannah Harbor deepening in a timely manner.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates benefit to cost ratio of the project at 7.3:1.
- That means $7.30 in economic benefits for every dollar spent on construction.
- One of the largest returns on investment on a navigation project for taxpayers in the country.
- Net benefit of cost savings for shippers and consumers $282 million per year.
THE FOLLOWING PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE ON THE HARBOR EXPANSION:
- Contribution to striped bass stocking program — COMPLETE
- Purchase 2,245 acres wetlands for SNWR — COMPLETE
- Remove CSS Georgia — COMPLETE
- Deepen entrance channel to 49 feet; extend 7 miles — 60% Complete
- Construct dissolved oxygen injection systems — 52% Complete
- Construct raw water storage impoundment — 91% Complete
- Raise disposal area dikes — 75% Complete
- Remove tide gates, abutments — 91% Complete
GROWING CRANE FLEET
Port of Savannah has 10 Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on order, for a total of 36 cranes. Four will arrive in 2018, and the final six by 2020.
36 cranes on dock will allow Garden City Terminal to move 1,300 containers per hour on and off vessels
PORT OF BRUNSWICK EXPANSION
GPA is working to double vehicle processing capacity at Colonel’s Island Terminal.
- In FY2017, GPA grew the terminal from 60,000 spaces to 90,000 spaces, a 50% expansion.
- Current annual capacity is more than 800,000 vehicles
- At full build-out the Brunswick expansion will provide 150,000 spaces for automobile processing, for an annual capacity of 1.4 million vehicles.
Georgia is building a cargo beltway around the port, and a stronger logistics network across the state.
- 2012: Georgia completes $22.5 million overpass at Highway 307, leading to the main gate of Garden City Terminal.
- Overpass allows the unimpeded flow of truck and rail
- 2015: Georgia General Assembly passes Transportation Funding Act
- Will generate $10 billion in new transportation funding over 10 years
- Supports projects that create dedicated motor carrier lanes, alleviate traffic and improve safety.
- 2016: State opens the $121 million Jimmy Deloach Connector
- Provides direct truck access between the Port of Savannah and Interstate 95.
- Cuts 11 minutes from the drive time between the port and the interstate.
- 2017: Georgia Department of Transportation is expanding Grange Road.
- The $12 million project will provide safe, fluid access between the Jimmy Deloach Connector and the new Gate 8 onto Garden City Terminal.
Within five years, Georgia’s freight mobility plan will have delivered the Brampton Road Connector, linking Garden City Terminal to I-516, and have extended the Jimmy Deloach Parkway from I-95 to I-16. This will form a complete cargo beltway for motor carriers between the port and the interstate system.