GRANITE CITY (KMOV.com) - A surge of new jobs is coming to Madison County with the groundbreaking of a new phase of the Central Port in Granite City.
Within the next year a quiet piece of land near the port will transform into a bustling harbor. The south harbor terminal is currently being constructed and will facilitate transfers from rail and trucks to barges that will then have direct access via the Mississippi to bring the goods as far as the Port of New Orleans.
The $50 million project will further enhance growth and develop and create jobs at the port. The terminal will primarily transport corn and soy beans.
Currently, 2.5 million tons of fertilizer, steel, and agricultural products are transported in the port district each year. With the new addition, operators anticipate millions of dollars in new economic development and jobs for the Granite City area.
The job surge will begin with construction positions, but the port hopes to attract individuals that can use the facility to convey their product on the river and take advantage of the available acreage in the area.
Construction of the first phase started in 2012. With its completion, Madison County will be able to continue to compete with other ports in the region.
The facility is expected to be complete by October,2015.