The restoration project has moved firmly into the vertical construction phase, with five major construction projects underway and eight more planned during the next 18 months. More than 65 percent of the total project funds have been committed to date and more than $70 million has been awarded during the past year alone. These contracts have had a significant impact on the local economy, supporting a total of 747 design and construction jobs. Of the 747 jobs, 538 are new hires within the companies working on the project with 155 held by low- and very-low-income local residents.
The unprecedented level of construction activity has included continued wharf upgrades to accommodate new gantry cranes, progress on a transit shed facility, installation of vital site infrastructure and the completion of additional storm protection measures. This transition to vertical construction represents several years of work, and Port leaders and staff are pleased to showcase this visible progress.