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Duluth’s fast growing leads to expansion project

Bill Parsons, operating engineer, uses a reach stacker to lower a shipping container onto a train car at Duluth's intermodal container terminal. The Duluth City Council is expected to award a $3 million contract today for the expansion of the facility at Clure Marine Terminal. Bob King /

People had expected traffic at Duluth’s new shipping container terminal to grow, but not as fast as it actually has, said Kevin Beardsley, chief financial officer for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

The facility, which shuttles large steel shipping containers back and forth between trucks and trains, opened in late March of 2017, and it’s already in need of more capacity. Beardsley said he anticipated the terminal likely would need to expand in a couple more years. However, shippers have shown such intense interest in using the facility, located on the Clure Marine Terminal, that the timeline has been accelerated.

“We’re off to a great start,” said Jonathan Lamb, president of Lake Superior Warehousing Co., a business that joined forces with the port authority to form Cargo Connect, the entity running the container terminal.

The project will increase the facility’s rail capacity by about 85 percent through extending two existing rail lines by about 1,300 feet each.

Read more on Duluth News Tribune.

Source: Duluth News Tribune

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