Port of Beaumont begins construction on Main Street

The Port of Beaumont announced that its Board of Commissioners has approved a $57.3 million construction bid for a project to increase the port’s general cargo handling capacity by more than 15%. Phase II of the Main Street Terminal 1 project, awarded to McCarthy Building Companies, includes the demolition of a failing dock structure and the construction of a new state-of-the-art general cargo dock. The Main Street Terminal 1 project, funded in part by 2017 general obligation bonds, a 2019 U.S. DOT BUILD grant and port revenue, is expected to be completed by June 2024.

“This project was a labor of love. With over 10 years invested in engineering the project, optimizing the design, obtaining grants and obtaining final approvals, it is incredibly rewarding to see it move forward,” said the port manager, Chris Fisher.

With the opportunity for a complete redesign of the terminal, durability and resiliency were at the forefront. Elements that will provide a more durable and resilient infrastructure include the use of concrete piles that provide a corrosion resistant foundation for extended life and resilience; a final concrete cap slab that will be constructed using synthetic concrete reinforcing fibers as opposed to traditional welded steel wire mesh. This reinforcing material will provide a corrosion resistant surface, which will slow deterioration; and a new fender system that includes an energy-absorbing component to reduce loads on the dock.

The new wharf will be 1,200 feet long and 130 feet wide, with a larger section in the middle measuring 152 feet wide. Its construction will include concrete piles, cast-in-place concrete copings and beams, precast concrete deck panels and a concrete cover slab. McCarthy automatically completes all concrete and pile installations, as well as utility installations, including water and sewer.

“This project represents an evolution in marine construction, as evidenced by the port’s existing docks,” said Engineering Manager Brandon Bergeron. “As the port is over 100 years old, we have quays constructed of wood, steel and concrete, and this project represents the latest and most advanced advances in engineering design and construction techniques. maritime. The Main Street Terminal I project ushers the port into a new era of development.

“We are excited to work alongside the Port of Beaumont to build important infrastructure that will have positive economic and community impacts,” said Robert Wood, project manager for McCarthy. “Our long experience of working with ports, along with our ability to do the work ourselves, provides us with an excellent foundation for the successful and timely completion of challenging projects like this.”

The Main Street Terminal 1 project is the largest of 20 projects in the Port’s 2022 Capital Improvement Program. By the third quarter of 2022, it is expected that over $100 million in new projects will be underway, including three new docks and a new rail interchange.