New York port authority breaks ground on expansion project

Project aims to improve Port of Ogdensburg's capacity to import and export ag products.

The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority broke ground this week on a $2.6 million expansion project designed to improve the ability of the Port of Ogdensburg in New York to handle agricultural products.

Announced in April, the project includes the addition of two grain storage bins, a new conveyor system and the rehabilitation of two rail bridges. The project will improve the port’s capacity to import and export agricultural products, the port authority said.

Although originally slated to begin next year, Sen. Patricia Ritchie, (R., N.Y.) was successful in pushing for the project to begin sooner.

“With its proximity to Canada and its location as the last deepwater port for outward-bound shipping from the Great Lakes, the Port of Ogdensburg can play a key role in growing our economy and helping to create new jobs,” Ritchie said when the project was originally announced in April.

She said the project especially positions the port to better serve the needs of North Country farmers and agribusinesses by making it easier to move products to newer and bigger markets by both rail and water.

The port’s agribusiness project also has been a priority for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, which highlighted the plan in its third round of funding awards in 2013.

Ritchie also secured $200,000 to fund a dredging project at the Port of Ogdensburg to remove 30 years of silt buildup that had made docking more difficult, dangerous and costly.

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