Driving by the new Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County, you can easily see that things are taking shape…concrete foundations poured for the rail platforms, steel beams for the three electric rubber-tired gantry cranes, and new roadways are all being constructed. For the few of you that don’t know about the new port, here are some interesting facts:
♦ The Appalachian Regional Port is a joint effort of Governor Nathan Deal’s office and the State of Georgia, Murray County, CSX and the Georgia Ports Authority. This transportation asset will provide a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah, the second-busiest port on the East Coast.
♦ The Appalachian Regional Port, through CSX, will provide a direct, 388-mile rail route to the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. It will create and expand international markets for regional businesses.
♦ The inland port offers an efficient option to an all-truck dry to the deepwater Port of Savannah for target markets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
♦ The availability of import, export, and domestic transit will benefit shippers throughout the region.
♦ Located in an industrial belt — including the production and export of carpet and flooring, automobiles and tires — the Appalachian Regional Port will make those commodities more competitive in the global market, while reducing carbon emissions.
♦ The inland port sits on 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County. The site features easy access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 411, as well as direct rail service to Savannah.
♦ The facility will open by 2018 with a capacity of 50,000 containers per year. A 10-year development plan will then double that capacity.
To learn more about the Appalachian Regional Port visit their website at www.gaports.com.