Projects & Proposals
Berth 4 Redevelopment
Built in 1927, the Port's Berth 4 was home to the bustling Continental Grain Terminal for 60 years until the late 1980s, when the facility was shut down. For the next decade, the dock was used as a lay berth to park ships waiting to unload. When it became evident the 87-year-old dock had reached the end of its useful life, the Port began a multi-phase project to redevelop the site.
Phase 1 began with the removal of the old timber decking in March 2014, followed by the removal of over 1,000 creosote-treated pilings in 2015. In 2016, the Port finished construction of seven new dolphins in its place that are used to tie up vessels while they're waiting to be loaded or unloaded.
Phase 2 of the project is currently underway and includes a full site hazard assessment and estimate for upland demolition of the silos and adjacent facilities.
With an eye on future growth, the Port purchased the 280-acre Barlow Point property 4 miles west of the Port of Longview's main facility in 2010. It's extremely rare to find such a large, undeveloped piece of land on deep-water shipping channel, and our goal is to put the property to its highest and best use to create revenue, jobs and tax dollars.
In summer 2014, Port Commissioners selected KPFF Consulting from 3 firms to create a master plan for Barlow Point. The plan - a blueprint for future growth - will outline the next steps to develop the property and determine what infrastructure is needed and how much it will cost.
The KPFF evaluation is a multi-year process which began with a Phase 1 feasibility that included preliminary analysis related to development of Barlow Point property as a marine terminal, conceptual plan development, due diligence investigations and a market analysis.
Phase 2 scope of work (currently underway) builds on the previous information and includes preliminary river current assessment, levee infrastructure assessment, survey work, easement investigation and document support, agency coordination and development for request for interest (RFI).
North Rail Connection Project
The North Rail Connection Project is a critical link in the Port’s internal rail system. This area is presently a bottleneck where there is a single line funneling rail traffic between two areas with multiple lines. This project was identified more than 20 years ago and prioritized in the 2016 Capital Improvement Plan. It was again identified in the 2019 Integrated Planning Grant study.
The North Rail Connection Project will increase rail capacity and improve the flow of cargo within the Port’s internal rail system.
The project will add a total of 4,960’ of new track and realign an existing 1,542’ of track and includes:
- Realignment of the existing track from International Way to Switch Alley
- Addition of one new full line from International Way to Switch Alley
- Extending an existing siding to a full line from International Way to Switch Alley
- The rail curves at the northwest corner into switch alley will be adjusted to meet industry standards
- The project will reroute an existing storm water ditch through an underground culvert for better flow/ alignment, fill ditch (Paper Way Storm Water Realignment Project)
- The project will require a reduction in Skyline Lease boundaries and an easement from Pacific Northwest Metals
The Port’s internal rail system must expand to meet current customer demand.
- The Port currently handles approximately 12,000 rail cars annually
- Bridgeview Terminal is preparing for growth
- The Port is at 70% to 80% rail capacity with little ability to handle new cargo