Rep. Driscoll, Sen. Sabatina announce $1.57M state grant to help rehabilitate wharf in Northeast Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., along with state Sen. John Sabatina, Jr., today announced that a $1.57 million state grant has been awarded to Morris Iron & Steel Co. Inc.

The funds will be used to repair 1,067 feet of the company’s wharf to help reach its goal of shipping 145,000 tons of metal per year by barge, which would ultimately remove roughly 8,000 trucks per year from the Philadelphia traffic system.

Driscoll and Sabatina, representing the 173rd Legislative District and the 5th Senatorial District, respectively, in Northeast Philadelphia, said the Multimodal Transportation Fund grant will also further rehabilitation efforts of the wharf, which spans more than 2,400-feet. The scrap metal processing business purchased it as a 12-year vacant waterfront property almost two years ago and has since used it to ship 85% of its scrap metal by barge.

“We are thrilled to see this funding be used to help Morris Iron make these needed repairs to its wharf, so that the existing structure can continue to operate and accommodate three barges simultaneously,” Driscoll said. “The construction project stands to create jobs, revitalize one of the many wharfs in a port city like Philadelphia, and, in the long run, it will also alleviate traffic congestion on our city streets.”