Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $104 million

EXPENDED TO DATE: $5.1 million

Accommodating current customer growth, attracting additional cargo and supporting the revitalization of Berth 4 - These are the driving forces behind the Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion (IRCE) project. The original Industrial Rail Corridor, completed in 2004, connected the Port of Longview directly to mainline rail service. As intended, the new rail link spurred exponential growth -- attracting the nation’s newest grain export terminal and increasing cargo tonnage across the docks by more than 500%. Nearly 20 years after its initial construction, a major expansion is necessary to keep up with customer and market demands.

The multi-year expansion project builds a new six-track rail bed adjacent to the existing corridor, adds two 8,500’ rail tracks and increases the length of the current tracks from 7,500’ to 8,500’ to accommodate growing, full-length unit trains. As capacity needs increase, additional tracks will be added to the already prepared rail bed.

Completion of the expansion project will double freight capacity through the corridor, capitalize on the Port’s geographic location and generate significant economic benefits for the local community.

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IRCE Phase 1 Funding Strategy

Original IRC


To accommodate growing, full-length unit trains, the Port will construct a new railway embankment that extends just east of the Longview switching yard, passing along the southern portion of the manmade log pond, and ending at the Fibre Way grade separated crossing. 

The project area is shown on below.

Project Area Elements


Updated IRCE Project Schedule

Project Update

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared for the IRCE. The EA was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA, and other NEPA related documents were posted for public comment review for a period of 30 days beginning July 21 and ending on August 20.

Two Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were issued for the IRCE due to being federally grant funded through two different federal agencies. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) FONSI was signed on October 31, 2023 and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) FONSI was signed on November 3, 2023.

The documents related to the IRCE NEPA process can be found here