WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded an $11,000,000 Port Infrastructure Development (PID) grant to the Port of Cleveland for the rehabilitation of two of the port’s main docks, which will improve operations and safety activities. The project will protect maritime commerce in the region and, by extension, the thousands of manufacturing jobs that depend on efficient cargo movement at this critical hub of the Great Lakes shipping network.

“It is important to make sure that we improve the safety and accessibility of our waterways,” said Brown. “These funds will play an important role in the continued economic resurgence of Northeast Ohio, not only by promoting existing good paying jobs in Cleveland, but by encouraging future economic and maritime development in the region.”

Brown, who serves as Ranking Member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, continues to push the DOT to support maritime projects, most recently securing $9 million for the Irishtown Bend project in Northeast Ohio in 2019. Brown has also been a longtime supporter of ensuring timely dredging of the navigation channel of the Cuyahoga River.