As its inland port in Greer marked its fifth year of operations, the State Ports Authority said Friday (Oct. 19) it is planning an expansion of the facility that links the Port of Charleston and the Upstate by rail.
The maritime agency’s board this week approved spending $3.5 million to build a chassis yard on property that was purchased last year. The new site will free up space for more containers to be stored at the Spartanburg cargo terminal, which has exceeded its planned capacity.
The chassis yard, where the trailers used to haul cargo boxes by trucks will be kept, is part of a larger planned expansion that will take place by late 2019 or early 2020.
“We have about 30 acres where we can expand and we want to pull the trigger on that pretty soon,” aid Jim Newsome, the authority’s president and CEO.
The expansion will include more room to stack containers, improvements to the rail tracks and a third rail line where trains can be marshaled before they are loaded. The authority also plans to purchase two more cranes to move containers between trucks and trains.
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