Rutherford Announces Major JAXPORT Grant

November 6, 2019
Press Release
U.S. Department of Transportation Sends $20 Million to Northeast Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is pleased to announce that the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will receive $20 million for port infrastructure improvements. Specifically, JAXPORT will reconstruct and modernize approximately 100 acres of the SSA Marine cargo terminal on Blount Island to allow the port to better accommodate the large container vessels transiting the expanded Panama and Suez Canals to the U.S. East Coast. This includes repaving, improved stormwater management, and installation of new lighting, signage, and other utilities. This award is part of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“Today’s incredible news is just another installment of the sustained federal investment that Northeast Florida has experienced in recent years,” said Rutherford. “It’s clear that the Trump Administration sees our region as a major logistics hub of the Eastern Seaboard. In fact, JAXPORT continues to set record cargo volumes, currently in its fourth consecutive record-breaking year. This progress is fueled by the double-digit growth in Asian container volumes and the continuous support from my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee, the federal government, and the folks at JAXPORT working hard every day to keep our port city thriving. A special thank you goes to Transportation Secretary Chao for making these investments a reality.”

This project is expected to create an additional 15,000 jobs, with an estimated $24 return for every $1 invested. As one of the “Top 15” container ports in the nation, JAXPORT supports $26 billion in total economic output, 132,000 jobs, and $727 million in state and local taxes, of which $169 million is directly generated by cargo operations.

As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), which funds transportation infrastructure projects, Rutherford has tirelessly advocated for federal infrastructure investments in Northeast Florida.