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Rail - Kelso Martin's Bluff - New Siding


July 2014

  • Environmental review is underway. The project team is evaluating potential impacts these improvements may have on the surrounding environment and exploring ways to minimize or avoid those impacts.
  • An Environmental Assessment will identify impacts and explore ways to minimize or avoid those impacts. It is expected to be ready for review in April 2014.
  • Preliminary Engineering is nearly complete.

Why is WSDOT applying federal high speed rail funds to build a new siding track in the Kalama rail yard?
This project will upgrade approximately 3.8 miles of railroad siding track near the Port of Kalama. New and upgraded siding track to move freight trains off the main line tracks results in fewer delays to Amtrak Cascades passenger 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

  • New dispatcher controlled siding to allow freight trains to clear the existing two-track main line;
  • Allows passenger trains to move around freight trains traveling in and out of the Port of Kalama;
  • Improves passenger train reliability and accommodates increases in passenger train frequency.

What is the project timeline?
Preliminary engineering and conceptual design work began in early 2012. Environmental studies will begin in early 2013 with final design following in early 2014. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2015 with the new siding in place by summer of 2017.

Financial Information

This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $34.8 million.

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

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