Quincy dock project awaits funding

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Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 5:30 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Local lobbyists have been trying to raise Quincy’s barge dock by 23 feet for decades. Local businesses, which depend on product delivery through the barge, have reported floods delaying their delivery which they then, inevitably, must rely on truck delivery which gets more costly.

The Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District was awarded $13.2 million in state capital funding, and they want to allot a portion of that to raising Quincy’s barge dock and possibly some of the roads leading to the dock.

“We have $2.7 million budgeted for this project. Some of it’s local funds, some of it’s grant money, and the industry is pitching in to pay for these improvements,” said Quincy’s Director of Utilities Jeffrey Conte.

Conte, who already has the designs ready, said the focus right now is to improve the sheet piling wall, raise the area, and raise the access.

Now, with funding reserved from the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port, the executive director, Charles Bell, sees the potential.

“It would create a new, kind of intermodal facility where freight could be loaded and transloaded between barge, truck and rail,” said Bell who is looking to raise the roads leading to the dock and the train rails.

Bell said the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District is still figuring out how the money will be distributed.

“Our next step is to meet with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which is administering the funds, and we have to find out just what the procedures are,” Bell said.

Conte, said they’re ready to go out for bids for construction but he said money has to be spent wisely before moving forward.

“We don’t want to spend $2.7 million and find out that the port authority has money set aside for that for their grant funds,” Conte said.

Conte said if budgeting and meetings run smoothly and as planned, he hopes they can start construction in the next year or two.

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