INFRA Grant

2017 INFRA Grant Application


The Port of Longview (Port) constructed the Port's Industrial Rail Corridor (IRC) in the early 2000s to provide more efficient access to existing import/export facilities, to stimulate economic growth within Washington's Cowlitz County, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and the country, and eliminate the negative impacts associated with at grade crossings in the local community.

The focus of this project is a further expansion of the IRC. The proposed IRC Expansion Project consists of relocating the original IRC north, to accommodate three new through tracks, 6 new sidings, and to allow for increased train clearance lengths of 8,500 feet and greater. These improvements will provide much needed unit train access and staging for current customer and future tenants on redeveloped and underutilized berths that are currently underutilizing the freight capacity of the Port.

This proposed project will cost $62 million in future eligible costs and will produce a benefit cost ratio of 3.8 at a 7% discount rate, and 9.9 at a 3% discount rate. As a major driver of our nation's global freight economy, the Port has identified the IRC Expansion Project as the critical next step in growing their facility to retain existing, and attract new, global importers of American-made goods. The IRC Expansion Project will create the necessary rail connection to the future through track and staging area for the Port's planned development at Barlow Point Terminals, expected to be partially developed and operational by 2025.