Port of Ridgefield Rail Overpass Project

Port of Ridgefield

The Port of Ridgefield announced that its Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass Project has been awarded $900,000 – nearly 10 percent of the funds available nationally from a U.S. Department of Transportation Railroad Safety Grant. Railroad Safety grant funding is administered through the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, of which Washington State Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is a member. She helped secure funds for the Railroad Safety Grants Program during the passage of the 2016 omnibus appropriations bill.

The Port of Ridgefield developed the rail safety grant application, which was then submitted on the port’s behalf by the Washington Department of Transportation. The Port of Ridgefield was in competition with 56 other applicants from around the country for a piece of the $10 million available.

The grant award is for the final phase of a three-phase rail overpass project that will allow safe passage to and from the port’s waterfront property and downtown Ridgefield. The project area is a shared rail corridor with over 50 passenger and freight trains each day, including two to three Bakken-sourced crude oil trains. Herrera Beutler voiced her enthusiasm for the grant award to the port.

“The Port of Ridgefield should be applauded for spearheading this project that improves the livability, safety and opportunity for growth in this community,” Herrera Beutler said. “The current crossing is one of the most dangerous in Washington, and I’m pleased a federal grant is going to the project to increase safety and prevent its waterfront, new port development and boat launch from being interrupted by train crossing delays.”

Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening said he is honored by the amount of the award as well as the work so many people put into making the award a reality.

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