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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port and Tulalip Tribes Reach Agreement in Rail-Barge Facility

Post Date:05/13/2005

The Port of Everett and the Tulalip Tribes reached an agreement for the Rail-Barge Facility on May 12. The Port agreed that the Tulalips would make the announcement.

The terms of the agreement haven’t been completely finalized, but the Tulalips have agreed to withdraw their objection to the project and provide a letter of support for the facility. This agreement allows the Port to secure the Army Corps of Engineers permit, which is needed to build in the water.

"The Port of Everett is delighted to reach an agreement with the Tulalip Tribes for mitigating the unavoidable impacts the rail-barge dock will have on their Usual and Accustomed Fishing grounds,” said John Mohr, executive director for the Port of Everett. “We’ve worked with the Tulalips from the very beginning of the planning process to better understand the impacts the facility would have on their culture and 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 of the facility; rail-barge users will pay the additional construction costs.

"The Port has worked very hard over the last two years to make this project happen,” Port Commissioner Don Hopkins said. “This will allow us to secure our community’s aerospace and maritime future.”

With the tentative agreement, the Port plans to go out to bid immediately, select a developer in June and start construction in August. The project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2006.

“We feel we have reached an agreement that helps mitigate the Tulalips losses to the best of our ability,” Mohr said.

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

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