MARCH 6, 2017



Port of Centralia to submit two applications to City of Centralia

March 2, 2017, The Chronicle

Port of Centralia commissioners will be submitting two applications to the city of Centralia, one to rezone a property the port acquired and another asking to include roadwork on the city’s six-year transportation improvement plan.

Both measures were approved unanimously during Wednesday’s meeting.

According to the port’s Executive Director Kyle Heaton, each year the city updates its comprehensive plan. Earlier this year, the port acquired a property of about 1 acre in size on Alder Street, which will be submitted to the city for rezoning.

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Crews remove derelict boat near Kingston, March 3, 2017

Crews on Thursday removed an old derelict vessel that’s been submerged near the Port of Kingston.

The 70-foot halibut trawler has been on the Department of Natural Resources’ radar for years.  The boat’s owner had been trying to get it moored at the port, but he couldn’t get it insured, so he abandoned it.

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Port receives six applications for vacant District 3 commission seat

Dawn Feldhaus, March 3, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Six people are interested in succeeding Bill Macrae-Smith as the next Port of Camas-Washougal District 3 commissioner.

They are Michael Conway, Bruce Fuerstenberg, Eric Gibson, Larry Keister, Joshua Seeds and Lucia Worthington.

The port commission has scheduled a special meeting to interview the candidates Tuesday, March 28, at 5 p.m., in the port office meeting room, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal.

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BNSF agrees to clean up coal, petcoke emitted from rail cars

March 6, 2017, Progressive Railroading

BNSF Railway Co. will clean up coal and petroleum coke in waterways, fund a study of rail-car covers and pay $1 million for environmental projects in Washington state, according to consent decree filed in U.S. District Court.

The decree resolves a Clean Water Act lawsuit in Seattle brought against BNSF by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper, Columbia Riverkeeper, Spokane Riverkeeper, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Under the decree, BNSF will pay for the cleanup of Pacific Northwest waterways that were polluted by coal or petroleum coke that spilled from open-topped rail cars.

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Re-striping expected to take pressure off Highway 3 in Bremerton

Ed Friedrich, March 3, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The state will re-stripe the Highway 3-304 interchange this summer to try to improve one of the worst bottlenecks in Kitsap County. A little paint will cut down on congestion on Highway 3 while adding to it a bit on Highway 304, according to modeling.

A $4 million re-striping project seeks to untangle traffic where the highways intertwine between Sinclair Inlet and the Bremerton wastewater treatment plant. Both highways narrow from two lanes to one before coming together as two lanes. They’ll be re-striped so Highway 3 remains two lanes through the interchange and Highway 304 merges in from the right after the overpass.

Today, according to statistics provided by the Washington state Department of Transportation, southbound Highway 3 is congested for an average of 2 hours, 45 minutes each day. Traffic often backs up past Loxie Eagans Boulevard. The state projects average daily congestion to extend to 4 hours, 15 minutes by 2020 if no adjustments are made.

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