Port awards project to P.R. Worth, Inc. to enhance Marine Drive pathways, create rain gardens, tree scapes, marina parking improvements.


The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded the Marine Drive Trail Improvement Project to P. R. Worth, Inc., a Kelso-based civil site work development contractor serving the Pacific Northwest with excavation, site work, underground utilities and development expertise. The $1,062,815.91 contract will enhance pathways, landscaping and beautify the Port’s riverfront marina parkway. The project is expected to run from the week of March 14 through mid-summer.

P. R. Worth utilizes best practices and equipment to ensure their projects are environmentally sound. “We are very conscientious that this project is adjacent to the Columbia River and Port marina area so as a proactive measure we are using 100% water soluble biodegradable hydraulic fluid in our equipment – completely carbon and oil free to fully protect the environment and waterways,” says Preston Worth, president, P. R. Worth, Inc.

Worth adds that in an effort to reduce any carbon footprint associated with the project he commits to buying all products within 100 miles of the Port of Kalama. All subcontractors on the project have been hired locally as well.

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 mid-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 recreation facilities,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We thank Cowlitz County for their contribution to the project.”

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