Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa is pleased to announce that the Port of Corpus Christi has been awarded $28.5 million in grants by the Texas Transportation Commission. These grants are part of the funds approved by the Texas Legislature earlier this year.

As vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hinojosa has been a strong advocate and supporter of funding for maritime ports. “Our maritime ports are the lifeblood of the Texas economy, and the Port of Corpus Christi, as the #1 U.S. crude oil export gateway and #1 for annual revenue tonnage, plays a crucial role in our state’s economic success,” said Senator Hinojosa.

The grants awarded are from HB 1, the General Appropriations Act, which included $40 million for the Port Access Improvement Grant Program to improve connectivity to Texas ports. Additionally, SB 30, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill, appropriated $200,000,000 for port development and infrastructure projects.

Projects are selected by the Port Authority Advisory Committee and approved by the Texas Transportation Commission. The Port of Corpus Christi will receive:

  •  $20,818,119 for bulkhead materials terminal facility improvements, including ship loader purchase, rail improvements with conveyance upgrades.
  • $6,733,044 for the reconstruction of Sam Rankin Street from IH 37 to Port Ave.
  • $779,081 to improve the intersection at the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor and the ADM grain elevator exit and install traffic control devices.
  • $169,021 for the Corpus Christi District Wayfinding System.

“These grants will significantly enhance the infrastructure and operations at the Port of Corpus Christi,” said Senator Hinojosa. “I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Charlie Zahn and am thankful to all Port staff for their tireless work and dedication. I will continue advocating and supporting the Port of Corpus Christi and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these investments will have on our community and the state of Texas.”

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