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Kelso Martins Bluff New Siding wall construction

Initial work on the concrete block wall that will run between a new mainline rail and Interstate-5 in Kalama.

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May 2017

This project is in construction

Why is WSDOT applying federal high-speed rail funds to build a new siding track in the Kalama rail yard?
Freight train traffic entering and exiting the Port of Kalama currently slows mainline passenger train operation.

This project will construction approximately 4.0 miles of new siding track near the Port of Kalama. The new siding track will relieve freight train congestion from arrivals and departures to and from grain terminals by constructing a mainline bypass track for passenger trains in the area, thus increasing capacity for additional passenger service, as well as improving schedule reliability.

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 into 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 began in early 2012. Environmental studies began in early 2013. Final design is expected in early 2015. Construction began in June 2015 and should be complete by fall of 2017.

Environmental Protection

FONSI, DNS documents issued
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 appendices and comments (pdf 12mb) and WSDOT has issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (pdf 762 kb).

Financial Information

This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $56 million.

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

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