- Rehabilitation of a seven mile-section of the rail line continues with funding from the 2011 and 2012 Freight Rail Assistance Program.
- The rehabilitation is scheduled to be complete by the end of June.
Why is WSDOT
rehabilitating the county-owned railroad in Clark County?
This project will continue the rehabilitation of the track between Rye Junction and Battle Ground, which will enhance safety and freight mobility. Crews will replace ties and ballast, service rail joints, replace light weight rail with heavier rail, and rehabilitate the timber crossing at State Pipe.
The line currently serves companies shipping industrial machinery and dairy products. These improvements will strengthen the viability of the line to maintain current shippers and to attract new business.
The End Result
This series of rail improvements will create a greater margin of safety, stability, reliability, and enable freight to move at a higher rate of speed up the Rye Hill. It will provide greater freight mobility, reduce truck traffic, and aids economic development along the rail line.
- Increased safety
- Increased freight mobility
- Enhanced ability to keep current shippers and to attract new shippers
- Reduced maintenance
What is the project timeline?
The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2013.
This project is funded through the following sources:
- 2009 Freight Rail Assistance Program - $366,813
- Multimodal Transportation Account - $1,000,000
- Local match funding - $136,682
- 2011 Freight Rail Assistance Program - $455,000
- 2012 Freight Rail Assistance Program - $200,000
Total funding from all sources - $2,158,495
How can I get more information?
Cameron Harper, P.E.
WSDOT State Rail and Marine Office
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
The grant funding is administered by WSDOT and construction is managed by Clark County.
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