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Rail - Kelso Martin's Bluff - Kelso to Longview Jct

This project is in the design phase
 Kelso/Longview area rail improvements map  
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bridge over coweeman river

A new rail bridge will be built next to this one over the Coweeman River


September 2014

  • Kelso Martin’s Bluff environmental comments accepted through Sept. 27
    There’s still time to comment on the environmental assessment on two Kelso Martin’s Bluff projects. The environmental review is for two projects: (1) New Siding near the Port of Kalama and (2) a third rail line from Kelso to Longview Junction. A public open house was held on Sept. 18, 2014, in Longview, and public comments will be accepted through Sept. 27, 2014, online or in writing to: WSDOT Rail Division, Attn: Document Control KMB EA comments, PO Box 47407, Olympia, WA 98504-7407. For questions, please call 360-705-7900.
  • WSDOT published the Kelso Martin's Bluff Environmental Assessment (pdf 4.3mb) Aug. 28. The public is invited to comment on the EA during a 30-day comment period from August 28 – September 27, 2014.
  • Notice of Availability - legal notification stating the EA is available.
  • Preliminary engineering is nearly complete.

Comment on the EA

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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.

Project Benefits

  • 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.

Financial Information

This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $90.2 million.

How can I get more information?
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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