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SR 432 - Rail Realignment Feasibility Study - Complete 2009

Project in Planning Phase

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  • The SR 432 Realignment Feasibility Study is complete. To request a free copy of the entire document on CD-ROM, contact Ken Burgstahler by e-mail or phone at (360) 905-2052.

State Route 432, located in the Longview/Kelso/Rainer Urban area is approximately 10.3 miles in length and provides a variety of vital transportation functions. This route serves as a major industrial transportation corridor, connecting the Port of Longview, the city of Longview and city of Kelso industrial areas to major markets via Interstate 5.

Why is WSDOT Studying the State Route 432 Longview Industrial Corridor?
A Route Development Plan (RDP) on SR 432 was completed in 2000. The RDP was completed by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Longview-Kelso Urban Area, and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The plan identified a series of improvements over 20 years to enhance the overall transportation system in the area.

WSDOT has begun a technical report and preliminary feasibility analysis for realignment and improvements to the highway and rail facilities in the SR 432 Longview Industrial Corridor.

The End Result
The technical report and preliminary feasibility analysis will provide recommendations on how to improve rail and freight movement throughout the SR 432 Longview Industrial Corridor. The study will specifically review the feasibility of constructing a limited access bypass highway to reduce future rail/truck conflict in the corridor.

Project Benefits
The feasibility analysis will:

  • Identify specific improvements to highway and rail facilities in the corridor. 
  • Determine the viability of a new roadway and rail alignment to better serve the SR 432 corridor.
  • Recommend an implementation strategy identifying potential funding sources, project timeline and improvement phases, and the projected improvements cost.

What is the project timeline?
The feasibility analysis is underway with the final technical report scheduled for completion in January 2008. The study in its entirety will be complete in spring 2008.

Financial Information

A State appropriation was provided to study the feasibility of a highway and rail realignment project in the Longview Industrial Area (SR 432) corridor, specifically, whether a limited access bypass highway is a feasible solution to reduce future rail/truck conflicts.

How can I get more information?
Ken Burgstahler, Project Planner
WSDOT Southwest Region Planning Office 
PO Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668-1709
Phone: (360) 905-2052


Melissa Taylor, Transportation Planning Manager
Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG)
207 4th Avenue North
Kelso, WA 98626
Phone: (360) 577-3041

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