Pioneer Street Overpass is Funded

 

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Plans for a rail overpass on Pioneer Street in Ridgefield to allow safe passage for motorists and pedestrians between Ridgefield’s downtown and the waterfront are coming to fruition. In late June the Washington State Senate passed a $15 billion transportation budget that included funds for the completion of the third and final phase of the project.

On July 10, the House passed legislation for the necessary bonding to raise the funds for the new budget. A total of $7.8 million toward the $11.3 million projected cost for Phase 3 of the rail overpass project will be made available to the Port of Ridgefield over two biennium periods; the Port earlier secured $2 million in federal funding toward Phase 3. The remaining dollars needed for the project will be provided by the Port and others.

The Port has been working on the rail overpass project over the last several years. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2013, and provided an access road at the foot of Pioneer Street. Phase 2, completed in 2014, involved the construction of an overpass approach road between Division and Mill Streets; this road will connect to the rail overpass and the Port’s waterfront property at the completion of Phase 3.

The rail overpass will bring many benefits to Ridgefield including improved, safer access to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and a future jobs center at Millers’ Landing – the Port’s available 41-acre, mixed-use waterfront development site. Engineering for the final phase of the rail overpass project is currently underway. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016, with project completion in late 2017.

Comments

  1. Diane Clevenger says:

    Thank you, Kathy, for providing this important information. So glad we will be seeing this happen in our lifetime, not to mention just a little under two years!

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