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Salisbury Looks to Expand Port Terminals Within Next Two Years

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SALISBURY, Md. - The city of Salisbury is looking to perform a port feasibility study within the next few months. 

The goal of the study is to expand port terminals for companies like agriculture, manufacturing and oil to have more accessible water transportation into Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day says it's been in talks for the last 25 years, but the study will be the first step to finally making it happen.

"We only really have one significant industrial user that uses the drawbridges and one that occasionally uses it, but we'd like for at least one of those users to be in our new multi-user terminal," Day said.

Day says companies like Perdue Farms mostly use barges to import grain and feed, but new businesses will hopefully become attracted to the water transport opportunities the new terminal could bring.

"We have industrial zoned land that is vacant right now, so we would look at reactivating that land. We're activating it into industrial use, but it's zoned that way, it's right on the port," Day said.

But business owners like Heather Hall, co-owner of The Ugly Pie, fear that more barges would bring more traffic to the drawbridge.

"With the boats coming in and the drawbridge coming up I know that that interrupts traffic and keeps people from coming to this side of town entirely, they try to bypass it a lot so that would concern me," Hall said.

But Day says the expansion would not necessarily mean more barges, but allowing bigger ones to enter into the port.  Something architect Keith Fisher welcomes along the riverfront. 

"It creates something unique to look at, it brings more people, more different types of people to the area. It gives everybody in that zone something to look at. You're sitting there having lunch and a cool tugboat pushing a barge rolls by you, that's just not something you see everyday," Fisher said.

Fisher not only lives on the river, but is currently undertaking the new corner lot for development across from Brew River.

Day says he hopes to have the study done by the end of the year and aspires to see physical changes within the next two years at the port.

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