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Construction starts on Twin Ports project

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Construction has started on the Twin Ports’ largest project to improve freight transportation in decades.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports representatives of Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority broke ground on the $17.7 million construction project Wednesday.

They are expanding cargo docks at the port’s Garfield Pier as part of redevelopment of the 28-acre site. They also plan to remove past contamination and dredge around 60,000 yards of sediment.

It’s being funded with a $10 million federal grant, along with $2.75 million from the Minnesota Port Development Assistance Program and around $990,000 from Minnesota’s Contamination Cleanup Grant program. The port authority is investing more than $3.9 million.

The first phase will double cargo capacity and is set to finish in the fall.

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