HDR’s Keller Attends Mega Rail Project Groundbreaking at Port of Savannah
From left in the picture above are Griff Lynch (President and CEO of Georgia Ports Authority); Kevin Keller; and Ed McCarthy (GPA's COO).
HDR’s Kevin Keller participated March 27 in the groundbreaking of a $126.7 million mega rail project at the Port of Savannah. Keller, a senior program manager in the firm’s freight rail group, led HDR’s team that supported the Port’s successful FASTLANE (now INFRA) grant application, securing $44 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The project for Georgia Ports Authority, known as the Mason Mega Rail project, will double on-dock rail capacity and open service to inland markets served by multiple freight railroads. The new rail terminal is expected to accommodate double-stacked trains nearly two miles long and connect the Mason and Chatham rail yards at the Garden City Terminal. Eighteen new railroad tracks will also be built, adding 97,000 feet of new rail.
HDR led the competitive USDOT grant application, taking a strategic approach to its successful development. “We leveraged our wide-ranging technical experience and economic expertise to help Georgia Ports Authority document the value and merit of this historic project,” Keller said. “It’s a pleasure to be here and see those grant dollars going to work.”
HDR’s team facilitated meetings with the U.S. Department of Transportation to guide application preparation, which included a benefit-cost analysis and an economic impacts analysis to support the overall project investment and its long-term value to the community and region. Since 2009, HDR has supported more than 50 successful grant requests resulting in more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for building key transportation projects. This is roughly 20 percent of the total awards that have been made under these federal programs.
“This is an important day that marks big improvements for the many economies and communities served by Georgia Ports,” said HDR Ports & Maritime Director Jeff Massengill. “We’re pleased to be a part of the Georgia Ports team that secured the funding to make today’s groundbreaking possible.”
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