The Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon has recently wrapped up a series of significant infrastructure improvement projects, totaling $1.2 million. These projects mark the largest annual capital investment at the Mount Vernon port since 2020, nearly doubling the combined investments of 2021 and 2022. The completion of these projects demonstrates the port's commitment to providing robust multimodal transportation infrastructure to support the growth of its customers.
Improvements at Mount Vernon Port
The infrastructure projects undertaken at the Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon in 2023 consisted of several key initiatives to enhance the port's efficiency and operations:
- Winch system for barge positioning: One of the projects involved the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art winch system, designed to facilitate the precise positioning of barges at the general cargo dock. This investment will significantly improve the port's cargo handling capabilities, ensuring smoother operations for its customers.
- Railroad track upgrades: To enhance the rail infrastructure at the Mount Vernon port, the Ports of Indiana installed 1,360 new railroad ties and new rail switches. These upgrades will enhance rail connectivity and capacity, allowing for the seamless movement of goods in and out of the port.
- Asphalt repairs on Port Road: Recognizing the importance of maintaining reliable road infrastructure, the Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon carried out asphalt repairs on Port Road, the main artery of the port. These repairs will ensure safe and efficient transportation of goods within the port, benefiting all stakeholders involved.
- Dock wall inspections: Comprehensive underwater inspections were conducted on over 500 feet of dock wall along Piers 2 and 3, along with 12 mooring dolphins and 18 marine cells. These inspections are crucial for identifying any potential issues and ensuring the structural integrity of the port's infrastructure, guaranteeing safe operations for vessels and cargo.
- Snowplow truck acquisition: In preparation for inclement weather, the Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon invested in a new snowplow truck. This acquisition will enable the port to efficiently clear snow and maintain accessibility during winter months, minimizing disruptions to operations.
- Double-track rail crossing replacement: The final project budgeted for 2023 is the replacement of the double-track rail crossing on Bluff Road. Scheduled for completion soon, this project will enhance the safety and functionality of the rail infrastructure at the Mount Vernon port, ensuring seamless rail operations.
Commitment to growth and future projects
The completion of these infrastructure improvement projects at the Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon highlights the port's commitment to supporting the growth of its customers and facilitating efficient multimodal transportation. With approximately 680 acres available for development, including a 544-acre megasite, the Mount Vernon port is well-positioned to serve as a critical gateway connecting Southwest Indiana to the global marketplace.
Looking ahead, the Ports of Indiana has even bigger projects planned for 2024, further solidifying its commitment to providing a sustainable competitive advantage for its customers. These future investments will continue to enhance the port's capabilities, cementing its position as the state's largest port in cargo shipments and acreage.