- FONSI, DNS documents issued; comments accepted through May 5
WSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration reviewed this project and determined the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. The FRA issued a Finding of No Significance (pdf 10mb), including comments and appendices (pdf 12mb), and WSDOT has issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (762kb). Comments on the WSDOT finding can be submitted through May 5.
- Final design work has begun.
- WSDOT conducted an archeological survey in December near Unnamed Tributary 3 at the Port of Kalama. This work is for the proposed culvert replacement.
- Public comments on the Kelso Martin's Bluff Environmental Assessment (pdf 4.3 mb) have been sent to the Federal Railroad Administration for review. Once complete, preliminary engineering will end and final design can commence.
- Notice of Availability - legal notification stating the Environmental Assessment was made public.
En Espanol (pdf 87 kb)
Why is WSDOT
applying federal high-speed rail funds to construct rail improvements from Kelso to Longview Junction?
Shipments coming in and out of the Port of Longview create a major rail line chokepoint at the Longview Junction, slowing down passenger rail traffic. WSDOT will upgrade existing track and add a third main track between Kelso and the Longview Junction. This will separate freight and passenger rail traffic, allowing trains to move around each other and improve the reliability and on-time performance of Amtrak Cascades trains.
The End Result
Reduced congestion and reduced passenger/freight rail conflicts improves reliability for both, allowing for better movement of people and goods through the corridor.
Washington benefits from critical infrastructure investments that improve mobility in congested areas along the corridor, create and preserve jobs, foster economic growth, and improve air quality across our state.
- Adds capacity by building third main track near Longview Junction;
- Reduces congestion allowing passenger trains to move freely around Longview Junction;
- Improves passenger train reliability and accommodates increases in passenger train frequency.
What is the project timeline?
Preliminary engineering began in early 2012. Environmental studies began in early 2013. Final design is expected to begin in early 2015. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2015 with the rail improvements in place by fall 2017.
This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $110.1 million.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
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