$10 Million Headed to Snohomish County to Upgrade Port of Everett
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Port of Everett has been awarded a $10,000,000 competitive grant to help complete the South Terminal Modernization Project. The project aims to increase the berth length for cargo equipment to accommodate larger ships, strengthen the dock to support heavier cargo operations and increase rail capacity at the seaport.
Larsen sent a letter to Secretary Foxx earlier this year urging the Department of Transportation to approve the Port’s grant application.
“This is a big win for Snohomish County’s economy,” said Larsen. “These resources will ensure the Port of Everett can continue to serve important regional industries while remaining globally competitive in international trade.”
“The Port of Everett would like to thank Representative Larsen for his support of this project as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation for investing in our region,” said Port of Everett CEO Les Reardanz. “These investments will help the Port modernize our facilities and provide an important boost to our region’s major industries.”
The stronger dock will allow the Port to accommodate Boeing’s new 777X airplane which is scheduled to begin production in 2017.
Three in five jobs in Snohomish County are dependent on trade and the Port of Everett supports more than 35,000 jobs in the construction, manufacturing and energy sectors. More than $25 billion in U.S. exports flow through the Port of Everett each year.
Last year, Larsen helped pass a five-year transportation bill which secured a total of $3.5 billion in highway funding and $1.2 billion in transit funding to improve Washington state’s infrastructure.