WisDOT Secretary Ross tours city of Superior harbor project

​WisDOT awarded city of Superior $1.7 million in harbor funding for dock repair

Release date: June 22, 2018

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Dave Ross today joined State Senator Janet Bewley, State Representative Nick Milroy, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf, Superior Mayor Jim Paine, Superior Economic Development, Planning and Port Director Jason Serck and representatives of the Cenex Harvest States, Inc. (CHS) terminal to tour the harbor project that is currently underway to install new sheet piling at the CHS facility.

WisDOT awarded the city of Superior $1.7 million Harbor Assistance Program (HAP) grant for the $2.36 million project to repair a 590-foot east dock wall, to allow ships to load safely and extend the life of the grain elevator. CHS will provide the remaining funding needed.

“The CHS operation, the largest grain terminal on Lake Superior, is critical to the transportation of grain from the Midwest to international markets,” said WisDOT Secretary Ross. “The Harbor Assistance Program is a valuable tool for the department to support economic development through state, community and private business partnerships.”

Harbor Assistance Program

The Wisconsin’s Harbor Assistance Program was created in 1979 to help harbor communities maintain and improve waterborne commerce. All applications for this program are reviewed by the Harbor Advisory Council, which includes members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UW Sea Grant, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

To date, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has administered almost $140 million in state grants for 109 port preservation and improvement projects along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

Applications are accepted from public or private harbor facilities for projects that benefit facilities used for cargo transfer, ship building, commercial fishing, vessel cruises or ferry service. All projects must have a transportation efficiency benefit-cost ratio greater than one over a 25-year project life and be identified in a current three-year harbor development plan. Selection criteria include economic impact, urgency and project type. Those interested in the next round of Harbor Assistance Project grants should note that the deadline for the next cycle is August 1, 2018. 

For more information about the HAP program or to review past grant awards, visit the WisDOT website.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov