- The new track was complete in September and rail customers are using the spur track.
- The project included close to 1,400 feet of new relay rail, ties and ballast.
WSDOT and its contractor Railworks, Inc. built a spur track near Creston that will connect a receiving facility for agricultural products into the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee Railroad (PCC).
The funding for this project was made possible through state transportation funding and a grant awarded to the town of Creston from the Lincoln County Rural Development Grant Fund.
The new track allows for a business located adjacent to the track to load and unload railroad cars and move freight along the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad. The project supports WSDOT’s objectives of ownership in the PCC Railroad system, allowing small shippers continued access to rail lines, preserving the rail infrastructure for future use, and protecting highway infrastructure from overuse
Why is WSDOT
building an industrial spur track at Creston?
Businesses can operate more efficiently and economically if a rail spur is built providing rail access and service to the plant.
The End Result
The new spur track will allow access to rail lines and connectivity to other transportation networks. This benefits businesses who rely on these networks to quickly move products.
- Minimize the added wear and tear on state roadways caused each year by thousands of heavy truckloads.
- When raw materials are shipped by rail, businesses can operate more efficiently.
What is the project timeline?
Construction on the project began in spring 2012 and was completed in September 2012.
This project is funded through the following sources:
- State Multi-Modal Funds - $346,000
- Lincoln County Rural Development Grant to the town of Creston - $10,000
Total Funding From All Sources - $356,000
How can I get more information?
Cameron Harper, P.E.
WSDOT State Rail and Marine Office
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
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