The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its upcoming bulkhead and dredging project in Manchac.

The new infrastructure project is part of a $3 million construction program primarily funded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, a news release from the commission said.

Attendees included District 6 Sen. Mac “Bodi” White, R-Baton Rouge; Rep. Steve Pugh, R-Pontchatoula; DOTD Port Priority Program Manager Randall Withers; Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess; and members of the Port Commission.

The $3 million investment program will include internal roadway, drainage and parking improvements, rail spur maintenance, storage area improvements, as well as bulk-head/harbor dredging improvements at the facility, the release said.

The new infrastructure is part of the port’s master plan for future development that was originally developed in 2007 and designed to attract new industries and create new job opportunities for residents of the Tangipahoa Parish area. The current construction phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

“It is exciting to begin construction on the series of infrastructure improvements that have been engineered to re-develop the Port Manchac inter-modal terminal into a state-of-the-art inland trans-loading facility designed to attract new industries and create new job market opportunities for residents of the Tangipahoa Parish region,” Port Commission President Don Boihem said.

The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission serves as the governing authority for Port Manchac. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and receive no compensation, the release said.

The 140-acre inter-modal terminal is located adjacent to Interstate 55 at the southern end of Tangipahoa Parish.

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