South Carolina- The $762 million Leatherman Terminal will shift from the planning phase to construction in 2020, but the State Ports Authority has already put in an order for new ship-to-shore cranes for the North Charleston maritime hub. While plans for the terminal are already underway, contracts for the wharf, container yard and other facilities are expected to be awarded next spring. While the cranes from the terminal are built, the design plans are still being finalized and should be completed by the end of the year.
The first phase of the terminal is expected to be completed in the next three years; however, the full design will take the next decade to complete. Once completed, the terminal will include 13 dockside cranes, 202 acres of storage space and more than 3,500 feet of continuous berth. Overall the facility is expected to handle up to 1.4 million cargo boxes each year. In addition to facility construction, plans for the terminal also include building a four-lane road to connect the area to Interstate-26 and the construction of a $130 million rail yard.
Arkansas- The U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation signed an offer to sell 3.5 acres of riverfront property to the city of Fort Smith. In 2015, realizing it needed more than 3.5 acres of land to build a museum, the board opted for a larger 16-acre tract of land further north on Riverfront Drive. Plans call for the U.S. Marshals Museum to start construction in time for a September 2019 opening. The southern boundary of the museum’s 16-acre site aligns with H Street at Riverfront Drive.
The city plans to turn the newly-acquired 3.5 acres of land into a bike skill and skate park. To build their new park, the city plans to pursue a public-private partnership (P3). Fort Smith’s bike skills and Skate Park is expected to cost around $600,000 in addition to the $200,000 the city spent purchasing the land. The final approval date and timeline for the park are not yet set.
New York/New Jersey- The planning process for a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel is moving forward in New Jersey this month. A final environmental impact statement will be issued next spring to allow for construction to get underway in 2019. The tunnel would run between North Bergen and New York’s Penn Station and is part of a regional Gateway initiative for infrastructure improvement in the region.
The project will require building a tube in each direction for rail transit and alleviate concerns over whether the existing tunnel would ever shut down due to damage suffered during hurricane Sandy. Plans for the new tunnel were released for public review, along with an environmental impact study, and Federal and state officials are collecting public comments on the tunnel through Aug. 21. Questions over funding for the $13 billion project have urged officials to explore creating a public-private partnership for the tunnel.
Alabama- Athens State University is preserving its historic character while modernizing the campus with a new master plan. Around 50 projects on the master plan were presented to the school’s board of trustees as part of a capital campaign.
Some of the projects include Founders Hall miscellaneous renovations for $13.68 million, a future academics building for $8.75 million, library renovations for $3.3 million, McCain Hall renovations for $1.6 million, McCandless Hall renovations for $2.4 million, Sanders Hall renovations for $5.2 million and Waters Hall renovations for $4.1 million. Another project includes the renovation of the Carter Physical Education Building, built in 1964, for $7.5 million and $4 million to bring the campus up to code. The plan also calls for standardizing campus signs, revitalizing landscapes and the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle path. The university plans to raise money for all projects through its capital campaign and public campaign, which will launch in 2020.