The Port of Beaumont dedicated a new $20-million deepwater wharf on the north bank of the Neches River recently.

The wharf is the first port facility built on the Orange County side of the Neches River. The port owns about 455 acres in the county,. Three railroads run through the property.

Construction of the new wharf, which was designed by Beaumont-based Lanier & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc., and built by Houston-based Orion Construction LP, began in May 2008 and was finished in fall 2009.

The deepwater wharf is part of $60 million in capital improvement projects under way or recently completed at the Port of Beaumont. Other projects are planned for the Orange County site.