US Port of Longview embraces 2018 budget

US Port of Longview embraces 2018 budget

The Port of Longview’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approvedthe 2018 Budget, which includes investments in the expansion of the Port’s Industrial Rail Corridor (IRC) and infrastructure development at Barlow Point.

These investments capitalise on previous year’s momentum of multiyear projects that will bring increased economic growth to the industry and new opportunities for customers, states the Port.

Connecting mainline rail with the Port, the IRC plays a key role in Port operations. The expansion project includes adding seven additional tracks to the system, bringing the IRC to a total of nine tracks. This additional capacity will allow trains to move simultaneously, add storage for unit trains on sidings and accommodate the growing length of trains.

In 2018, the Port plans to invest $952,000 towards the planning and engineering of this project. In addition to the IRC expansion, the Port has earmarked $300,000 toward the planning of a new entrance at Barlow Point, a 280+ acre parcel available for development. Directly on the deep-draft navigation channel of the Columbia River, Barlow Point holds potential for business opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

“In 2017, we focused on laying the ground work for major infrastructure improvements,” said Commission President Doug Averett. “This year, we are capitalising on that momentum
and continuing to move forward on these key projects. My fellow Commissioners and I want to emphasise the importance of continued growth and expansion for our industry and
customers.”

Overall, the Port’s 2018 General Fund Operating Budget is $31.1 million and the Capital Projects Budget is set at $5.1 million.

The Port of Longview is the first full-service operating port with strategic transportation connections on the deep-draft Columbia River shipping channel in southwest Washington State.

The Port is located just 66 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, 120 driving miles from Seattle, Washington, and 40 driving miles from Portland, Oregon. Port facilities include eight marine terminals and waterfront industrial property with direct connections to main-line rail and interstate highway. Cargo handling specialties include bulk cargos and breakbulk commodities.