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Large Port Everglades project will create about 3,000 construction jobs

A large construction project now underway at Port Everglades in South Florida will create many jobs.

The Southport Turning Notch extension project will allow Port Everglades to handle even larger amounts of freight. This project involves a turnaround area for cargo ships will be lengthened from 900 feet to a total of 2400 feet. This will allow for up to five new cargo ship docks. The Port will also be receiving additional gantry cranes, according to Ellen Kennedy, spokesperson for Port Everglades.

“This is being done because Port Everglades is at capacity for cargo ship berthing, We need the additional cargo berths to be able to handle higher volumes of containerized cargo," said Kennedy.

The project will be complete by the end of 2017. It will cost $182 million. It will create about 3,000 construction jobs and will support over 5,500 local and regional jobs, according to Kennedy.

"I am in the construction business and I hope to land one of these construction jobs," said Carlos Gonzalez.