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Port of San Diego Awards Second Contract for Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project

As part of continued efforts to modernize one of two cargo terminals at the Port of San Diego, the Board of Port Commissioners has selected a local contractor to begin demolishing a second transit shed and other work under the first phase of the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project.

At its February 12, 2019 meeting, the Board awarded a nearly $8 million contract to Dick Miller, Inc. of San Marcos. The scope of work to be completed includes: 

  • demolition of the second of two obsolete and underutilized transit sheds and a head house located adjacent to three of the terminal’s eight primary vessel berths (Transit Shed 2);
  • disposal and salvage of the transit shed building and components;
  • the excavation, grading and compaction of the areas under the demolished buildings to support new pavement;
  • site utility improvements;
  • stormwater BMP improvements;
  • and rail improvements consisting of a rail lubricator system and air compressor assemblies.

Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2019 and be completed in April 2020.

In late 2017, crews began demolishing the first of the two obsolete and underutilized transit sheds (Transit Shed 1). That shed has been razed and the disposal and salvage of its components is complete. Excavation, grading and compaction of the area to support finished pavement continues and is anticipated to be complete in March 2019. This work is part of a contract package awarded to Dick Miller, Inc. in October 2017 for $12.3 million. 

The first phase of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project is also referred to as the Modernization phase and is a major public works project to make the terminal more modern, clean and efficient. The federal government has recognized the importance of modernizing the terminal with a $10 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. With a $14 million Port contribution, the combined budget is $24 million.

As part of Port of San Diego Maritime, the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Plan supports the Port’s specialty cargo advantage by providing laydown space and flexibility for each cargo type. The plan envisions three distinct cargo nodes within the existing footprint of the terminal and is focused on current core specialties of:

  • Project, roll-on/roll-off, and break-bulk cargo such as military equipment, wind energy parts, shipbuilding steel, and vehicles;
  • Refrigerated containers for fresh produce such as bananas or other produce; and
  • Dry bulk cargo such as soda ash, aggregate and cement, used primarily in construction
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