The project, which has a total bill of $65.8 million, aims to boost the port terminal's yard capacity by 30 per cent as well as set up a new gateway and appointment system.
Washington is providing $900 million under the Better Utilising Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) programme of discretionary funding that succeeded the previous administration's TIGER grants.
BUILD is designed to support infrastructure work on roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports and intermodal transport facilities. This year's programme funds 55 projects in 35 states and is limited to a maximum of $25 million for a single project and to $90 million for overall funding of projects in a single state.
Massport, which also runs the airport at Logan Field, is spending $350 million on dredging Boston Harbour to 47 feet (14 metres), the biggest ticket item on the programme.
Landside it is boosting capacity to 450,000 TEU a year (ultimately aiming to go up to 600,000 TEU) and adding lift capacity. Three neo-panamax cranes and four rubber-tyred gantry cranes are going to be added to the line-up in the coming year.
Last year, 307,331 TEU passed through the port and this year Massport has grown more than three per cent. But this is still below the level recorded at the port of New York & New Jersey, its chief rival. Massport claims moving a container through Boston is several hundred dollars cheaper than going through New York.
Another $20 million is going to Jaxport, to rebuild over 100 acres of pavement at the SSA Jacksonville container terminal. This is part of a $238 million plan to expand and modernise the terminal, boosting capacity by 425,000 TEU to an annual total of 1.5m. Like Massport, Jaxport is dredging its ship channel to 47 feet.