U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve infrastructure at the Port of Baltimore.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation FY20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. It will be used to enhance critical flood mitigation systems at the Dundalk Marine Terminal by constructing approximately 4,000 feet of box culverts and installing 15 backflow preventers and perimeter barriers to prevent storm surge from threatening the terminal’s berths.
“The Port of Baltimore is a key economic driver in Maryland and a national hub for commerce and supply chain infrastructure,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal investment will upgrade the Port and improve its resilience to climate change and extreme weather events – ensuring its ability to continue connecting American businesses with the rest of the world. It will also help create jobs and maintain our state and our nation’s global economic competitiveness.”
The delegation previously secured federal funding for the Port of Baltimore and the Howard Street Tunnel to modernize Maryland’s infrastructure and create more than 7,000 jobs.