PORT AND CITY OFFICIALS AGREE TO WORK TOGETHER
FREEPORT, Texas – At a regularly scheduled meeting, Port Commissioners agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Freeport in an effort to work together on transportation issues for all traffic destined to or leaving Port Freeport.
The agreement states that the Port desires to insure all traffic destined to or leaving the Port does so in a manner that does the least amount of harm to the surrounding community and its residents. In return, the City of Freeport desires to work in a collaborative manner with Port Freeport to provide traffic and rail corridors to insure the continued growth of the Port, but in a manner that has the least negative effect on any residential neighborhoods close to the Port and so that such commercial traffic does not overburden the traffic flow in the City of Freeport.
“We are pleased with this step in our relationship with the City,” Port Freeport Port Commission Chairman Thomas S. Perryman said. “We feel it will be beneficial for both parties and we are confident that it is a step in the right direction for all involved.”
The Port and City desire to accomplish the above by joint planning, developing proper truck routes, parking schemes, off-site parking areas, managing truck escort services, determining and evaluating peak hours of operation, placement and construction of new gates, permitted heavy load routes, rail studies and rail crossings and cooperating in any future freight mobility studies that may have an impact on the City of Freeport and share any data collected thus far related to commercial vehicles generated by the Port.
Port Freeport currently ranks 16th among U.S. ports in international cargo tonnage handled. With a current channel of 45-foot depth, soon to be widened and deepened, just 3 miles from open Gulf of Mexico waters, Port Freeport offers more than 7,500 acres for future development. Port Freeport serves its customers and stakeholders through development and marketing of competitive world-class navigational capabilities, technically advanced marine and multimodal terminal services and port-related industrial facilities while achieving profits and creating jobs as a leading economic catalyst for the Texas Gulf Coast. For more information on Port Freeport visit www.portfreeport.com or call 1-800-362-5743.