The Port of Virginia celebrated on June 26 the completion of a $42 million project that created 26 truck gates to the Norfolk International Terminal’s North Gate. On June 30, the North Gate will be open to all motor carriers.
The expansion more than doubled the terminal’s gate capacity, and the new truck gates will tie into the Interstate 564 Intermodal Connector.
John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, said greater gate capacity will be critical to the success of a larger expansion project at the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). Two years ago, NIT’s North Gate was a four-lane complex. As container volumes grew, increased pressure fell on the 16-lane South Gate.
“We are investing $350 million here to expand our container handling capacity by 400,000 containers,” Reinhart said in a news release. “In order to handle more cargo at the berth and stack yard, our means of moving cargo to and from our terminals – rail, barge and truck – must expand and modernize in parallel.”
The North Gate expansion began in July 2015 and was funded by a $15 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant, as well as $27 million from the Port of Virginia.
Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said the expansion will play a big role in reducing traffic congestion in the area.
“The North Gate and I-564 Connector projects will combine to take pressure off one of Norfolk’s busiest streets,” Layne said. “Trucks leaving the North Gate will head straight to the interstate and therefore reduce traffic on Hampton Boulevard.”
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