Port Everglades has rebuilt a major roadway leading to the port’s containerized cargo area.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based port realigned McIntosh Road for more efficient truck movement into the Southport cargo handling operation, according to a news release.

Port Everglades road improvements to aid truck movementDesignated lanes into each terminal yard are clearly marked with overhead signs and dedicated staging lanes should simplify and streamline container truck traffic flow, according to the release.

On March 31, area elected officials and port customers marked the opening of the reconfigured loop road via a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Efficiency counts when moving cargo,” Steven Cernak, the port’s chief executive and director, said in the release. “So smooth, free-flowing roadways are vital for port productivity. A more efficient flow of trucks into and out of the port is also good for the environment, since it will reduce the amount of time that trucks are idling waiting to enter the container terminals.”

Constructed during the late 1980s, the road was named for a former port commissioner and was built when Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Maritime Corp., was Southport’s only terminal operator and the port’s total annual container count (TEUs for 20-foot equivalent units) was under 200,000.

Today, Southport handles more than 927,000 TEUs a year and a 43-acre rail yard owned and operated by the Jacksonville-based Florida East Coast Railways is soon to open, according to the release