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Monthly Archives: February 2016

We want you to know: Port of Kalama plans trail improvements and enhanced landscaping on West Marine Drive

New parkway trails, landscaping and parking facilities are coming soon to the Port of Kalama at the north end of Marine Drive. The plans call for tree-lined berms, rain gardens, improved parking and walking trails along the Columbia River.

The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked.

Visitors will still have access to Marine and Rasmussen parks and parking facilities.  During construction, drivers will be advised of temporary routes and parking via signage on the premises.  The contract also has provisions that allow construction to be suspended during the peak spring fishing season when the boat launch and parking are heavily used.


Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by late summer.

“The pathways have become a very popular recreational destination for pedestrians and bicyclists, while the marina is a busy hub for boating and fishing. These improvements will further enhance the safety for all who use the Port’s recreational facilities,” says Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Port of Kalama. “We thank Cowlitz County for their contribution to the project.”

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BNSF railway construction activities scheduled to commence at Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing at Port of Kalama

In order to accommodate scheduled BNSF railroad upgrades at Port of Kalama, Phase One construction commences this week at the Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing. Impact to traffic will be minimal, but drivers are urged to be aware of the increased trucks and heavy machinery entering the area and some lane closures for paving.

The construction activities will take place in three phases: Phase One construction of a new crossing at Hendrickson Drive is scheduled from Tuesday, February 16 to June 2, 2016. Phase Two includes construction of a new crossing at Toteff Road and is scheduled from June 3 to June 22, 2016. Traffic implications during the first two phases are minimal. Phase Three, the week of June 23 through June 30, 2016, will require a full road closure of Toteff Road from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Residents and businesses impacted by the Phase Three road closure will be notified 30 days in advance and an emergency response access plan will be approved in advance by appropriate authorities. Other Port business will not be impacted by the upgrades to the railroad crossings.

For more information, call Megan Reagan, Manager Engineering, BNSF Railway Co., 206-625-6413 or 206-423-4371 cell.


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Flood damage assessment and repair begin at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park

The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded a contract for the flood damage assessment, clean-up and repairs at Haydu Park. The ‘time and materials contract’ was awarded to Tapani, Inc., the same company contracted to build out Haydu, for a not-to-exceed $350,000. Work at the park and on the fields begins immediately and progress will be dependent on weather.

According to Port officials, Port maintenance crews have been working to clean up roads, sidewalks and buildings from the moment the water began receding. Tapani’s work will focus on restoring the fields, fencing, and storm water and irrigation systems.

“Just as Mother Nature impacted business at the Port in December with high winds, rain and flooding, the repairs and clean-up at Haydu will be dependent on the weather and the sogginess of the fields,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We are eager to complete the damage assessment and to get the park reopened to the general public as soon as we can.”

General business activity at the Port will not be interrupted during this time.

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