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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port Commission Authorizes Staff to go out to Bid on Rail-Barg Facility

Post Date:05/06/2005

Everett's Port Commissioners approved a resolution May 26 authorizing staff to go out to bid for the rail-barge facility, which will be used to transport large aerospace parts, among other things.

While the Port hasn't received its Corps of Engineers permit, which is necessary to build in the water, the agreement reached with the Tulalip Tribes May 12 allows the project to move ahead. The Port doesn't anticipate any problems obtaining the Corps permit.

"After nearly two years of hard work and cooperative discussions, we are finally able to begin a project that will secure the aerospace future in Everett," said Phil Bannan, vice president of the Port Commission. "The rail-barge facility is going to be an asset to the Port, the aerospace industry and the local economy."

The rail-barge facility will be designed to transport oversized cargo, such as large aerospace parts, that doesn't fit into standard trucks or rail facilities. After being unloaded by electric cranes, the cargo will be railed to Paine Field. The project is expected to exceed $20 million. Washington state provided the Port with a $15.5 million grant for the construction.

"Despite the initial delay, we still feel confident that we can meet the Spring 2006 project completion date," said John Mohr, executive director for the Port of Everett.

The Port hopes to have a developer selected in June and award the bid in July. Construction is expected to start in August.

For more information on the bid, please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative, at 425-388-0617 or by email at e-mail.

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