Major New Container Port Under Construction for Portsmouth, Va.

New terminal will be able to handle about 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units of containers a year

Last week, VDOT disclosed that it would build a dedicated exit off the Western Freeway for the terminal, after APM proposed it and offered to pay for the added cost.

APM also is negotiating with Norfolk Southern Railway and the state to bring a rail line into the facility along Coast Guard Boulevard, McCarthy said. The spur would come off Commonwealth Railway's line, which runs into the West Norfolk neighborhood just south of the freeway. APM's plans call for a rail yard with six lines at the current construction entrance and staging area.