Title: Port of Cleveland Track Cranes
Sponsor: City of Cleveland
Estimated Total Cost: $7,000,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

History/Background: In November 2012, the Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced the creation of an Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program. The intent of the program is to more quickly advance eligible projects that improve air quality, reduce congestion, and eliminate delay/improve safety, in addition to utilizing statewide CMAQ funding in the year funds are allocated. Selection of projects is in accordance with the policy established by the Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Committee.

Current Conditions: According to the sponsor, the Port of Cleveland helps make the Northeast Ohio region compete globally by connecting local businesses to worldwide markets through the most cost-effective, fuel efficient method of freight transportation in the region. Cleveland serves international vessels through the St. Lawrence Seaway berthing at the 80 acre Port of Cleveland facility (400,000 tons) and Great Lakes vessels to support local steel, cement and local industries along the Cuyahoga River.

The Port of Cleveland’s principal break-bulk and bulk cargo operations consist of import steel, aggregate, and cement. The steel operation employs professional long shore labor and keeps the facility active throughout the year. After considerable study and market evaluation the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority decided in October 2013 to begin scheduled liner cargo service between Cleveland and Europe through the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The all water route from Cleveland to Europe is shorter than the combined truck/rail and water route from any U.S. east coast port. This new service, initiated in April 2014, brings scheduled container trade directly into the Great Lakes. It is also designed to serve the Port’s traditional industrial customer base by having the capability to handle heavy equipment and bulk cargo as well.

According to the sponsor, the Port of Cleveland facilities include warehouse spaces, piers and a rail link (photos). The sponsor reports that the port facility piers and warehouses represent old infrastructure in need of some refurbishment to remain productive and generate economic growth in the coming years. The port has a specific strategy toward those improvements, already underway. However, two large Manitowoc construction cranes, used since before 1980 for the handling and unloading of steel and other cargoes, are old, break down frequently, and need replacement. This project will replace those cranes with new Manitowoc cranes configured to be able to handle steel, heavy cargoes, and containers. These will be key to improving the existing infrastructure to create a modern, flexible, safe and environmentally efficient facility that can grow with the Cleveland region and foster new economic opportunity.

Proposed Project: This project involves the construction and delivery of two Manitowoc 2250 construction cranes, modified for the capability of unloading general cargo, heavy items, and containers. The sponsor reports that the new cranes will have the capability of handling all of the varied types of cargo coming to the port with reliability, efficient operation and Tier 4 diesel engines for maximum emissions savings.

The estimated cost of construction (C) is $7,000,000. The sponsor is requesting eighty percent ($5,600,000) of the construction (C) cost to be funded with CMAQ funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent ($1,400,000) matching funds.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Programming Division:
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Committee Review:

Transportation Subcommittee:
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.

Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.

Executive Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review. 
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

Public Involvement:

Last updated: 9/15/2014 8:48:42 AM