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Millions of federal dollars on the way to fix Pier 29

Tammy Mori Tammy Mori
Tom Cresceni Tom Cresceni

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 12-acre container yard at Pier 29 on Nimitz Highway has been empty for more than a year, but soon work will begin to get the pier back up and running. The State Department of Transportation was granted $24.5 million in federal stimulus money for a major reconstruction project.

Tammy Mori of the Department of Transportation says, "we believe we received the money because we were positioning ourselves well. We are shovel ready and can start as early as this summer."

The problems at Pier 29 started in 2008 when a cargo transport company moved in and the heavy equipment quickly caused the pier to crumble, so the pier had to be shutdown

The reconstruction project will give THE 12 acre container yard a new look. The new upgrades will include a new drainage system and better lighting, but more importantly, there will be a full re-pavement of the surface making it more sturdy.

Tom Crescenzi, of Aloha Cargo Transport, says the reconstruction will make a huge difference, " it will enable us to run heavier machinery and bigger cargo up to 25 to 30 tons, so once it's done we will be able to that."

Crescenzi says his company has been sharing Pier 1 with NYK and Matson for over a year now, but once the project is complete they will move back to Pier 29, doubling their operational space.

"We will primarily operating out of Pier 29, this will free up space here and this will help with faster turnarounds for customers it will have a huge impact."

Getting the federal money means state money that would have been used to fix Pier 29 can be freed up for other harbor improvements around the state. The reconstruction project will also create about 20-30 jobs in Honolulu.

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