Rail - Kelso Martin's Bluff - Toteff Siding Extension - Complete November 2016

This project added 7,400 feet of siding track throughout the Port of Kalama, replaced 38 switches, extended the signalized siding and constructed improvements at the Toteff Road at-grade rail crossing.

This works reduces a chokepoint at the Port of Kalama and allows slower freight trains to move off the main tracks more quickly, resulting in fewer delays of Amtrak Cascades passenger trains.

Needs & benefits

Improves safety
Work at the Toteff Road at-grade rail crossing improved both vehicle and train safety.

Relieves congestion
Reduced congestion and reduced passenger/freight rail conflicts improves reliability for both, allowing for better movement of people and goods through the corridor.

This work also helps accommodate adding more Amtrak Cascades trips through the area.

Economic incentive
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.

Partnerships & cooperation
WSDOT worked closely with BNSF and the Port of Kalama on this project.


This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $42.98 million.


WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
E-mail: rail@wsdot.wa.gov

Kelso Martin's Bluff Toteff Extension map

Kelso Martin's Bluff - Toteff Siding Extension
BNSF crews install a switch gear on part of a new rail crossover near Kalama.

More project photos in Kelso Martin's Bluff Flickr album