Major upgrades coming to Wilmington port

The Port of Wilmington is planning to spend $9.8 million to renovate a nearly century-old cargo ship berth.

 

The News Journal reports members of the port’s governing Diamond State Port Corp. have tentatively approved a contract for the repair and updating of Berth 5, pending resolution of one agreement detail.

Port Director Gene Bailey says the project will be largely financed with a $10 million federal grant awarded by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program in 2012. Plans call for restoring 605 feet of the port’s original wharf, which was built in 1922 and is now at risk of collapsing into the Christina River if weakened piles are left untended.

The project will also extend heavy-load track needed to make expanded waterside areas accessible to rail-mounted cranes.

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