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South Texas port gets OK for $26.2M cargo dock

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The Port of Brownsville is moving forward on an estimated $26.2 million project to build a new cargo dock meant to ease delays for vessels while allowing for the delivery of more cargo to international destinations.

Port Director and CEO Eduardo Campirano said Tuesday the intention is to have Dock 16 completed by spring 2015. The South Texas port's board of commissioners earlier awarded a $21 million construction contract to Shoreline Foundations of Pembroke, Fla. Engineering and other expenses will drive the cost upward but Campirano says a $12 million federal grant will defray the overall price tag for the 600-foot dock.

The port is an intermodal facility handling about 7 million tons of cargo a year, ranging from steel, beams and grain to limestone, gasoline and wax.