Project doubles rail capacity, enables company to move more product


The Port of Kalama board of commissioners voted this week to award a contract for significant rail expansion and relocation at the Temco LLC site. The port’s $5.9 million investment coupled with a substantial investment by Temco doubles rail capacity and triples product throughput capacity at the site. The project was awarded to Chehalis-based Railworks Corporation. Construction starts on January 7, 2014 and is expected to be completed by June, 2014.

“Rail expansion and track relocation significantly enhance our client’s transportation efficiency and doubles the firm’s rail capacity to move grain which enables them to remain competitive in the global export market,” says Port of Kalama commission president Troy Stariha. “These are the kinds of partnerships on projects we can offer our clients while making a positive impact on the region’s economic health.”

The project is being built by the Port of Kalama and consists of the construction of lead and yard tracks, associated grading and drainage improvements, and utility relocations and protections.

Railworks, a rail track, transit and systems construction and maintenance provider, will install 3.6 miles of new track and relocate 1.1 miles of track. RailWorks and its operating subsidiaries provide railway construction and railroad maintenance services for a range of customers – from major transit authorities, to commercial and industrial companies, to railroads of all sizes.

“This project is another excellent example of how local and regional utilities and service providers work together to enhance opportunities for our port businesses,” said Stariha. “Special thanks to our collaborating partners on this project—Williams Pipeline, City of Kalama, Cascade Natural Gas, Kalama Telephone, Cowlitz PUD, Somarakis Inc., Mountain Log Homes and AT&T.”

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