The Economic Development Administration recently announced the award of a $5 million grant to the Port of Beaumont for Phase I of the Main Street Terminal 1 dock rebuild. The new, state-of-the-art dock will replace the dilapidated wharf structure that was built in the early 1900s and failed in 2011.

Main Street Terminal 1- Phase I includes the construction of a steel sheet pile bulkhead, which sets the stage for construction of the new dock. The steel sheet pile bulkhead will be approximately 1,300 feet in overall length. In constructing a dock of this nature the bulkhead, a sheet pile wall that holds the bank in place, must be built first. Once the bulkhead is in place, the dock can be constructed on top of the bulkhead (Phase II). The bulkhead construction is anticipated to take approximately eight months to complete and will go to bid in January 2019.

Future plans include the demolition of the dilapidated dock structure, construction of the new dock, and construction of a new, 200,000 square foot transit shed to accommodate new and existing business.