NOVEMBER 7, 2016


Port of Chehalis commissioners approve 2017 budget, set new levy rate

November 4, 2016, The Chronicle

Port of Chehalis commissioners this week approved the entity’s budget for next year, doubling the funds in the capital budget for projects.

The capital budget was increased to $200,000, which will allow for professional and contracted services at several port properties.

Work will include engineering, architecture and archeological work, along with tree and brush clearing, filling, grading, demolition, site prep and infrastructure installation.

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Farmworker housing schedule slips

Dan Wheat, November 4, 2016, Capital Press

It’s behind schedule, but the Washington Growers League still plans to open 144 beds of housing for seasonal farmworkers next year in Mattawa.

Last Dec. 3, the state Department of Commerce awarded the league a $3 million grant to build the housing. It initially hoped to break ground early in 2016 and possibly be ready for occupancy this fall.

The time table has been pushed back several times and now groundbreaking is pegged for December with occupancy in mid-summer of 2017.

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Washington State Route 281 from Quincy to George designated as a critical rural freight corridor

Port of Quincy, November 7, 2016, PR Newswire

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Federal Highway Administration have recently designated Washington State Route (SR) 281 as a “Critical Rural Freight Corridor.”  SR 281 is located within the boundaries of the Port of Quincy, and runs for approximately 10 miles between Interstate 90 (I-90) at George, Washington and State Route 28 at Quincy, Washington.

This important designation of SR 281 as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor puts SR 281 in strong consideration or on a higher priority to be widened to four lanes (from George to Quincy).

There are several reasons for the designation of SR 281 as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor.  SR 281 is a high volume “T-2” truck corridor, and in 2015, nearly 8 million tons of cargo traveled on it.   In particular, a large volume of truck traffic on SR 281 comes from the Wenatchee and Chelan areas on SR 28 via SR 281 to I-90.   The Wenatchee and Chelan areas are among the largest fruit packing areas in the world.   Additionally, a great deal of truck traffic comes directly from Quincy, as there are several food processors (frozen French fries, frozen vegetables, etc.), fresh produce packers (apples, potatoes, onions, etc.), and nearly 1 million square feet of cold storage warehousing in Quincy, which stores many of the above mentioned products that are mostly transported from Quincy on SR 281 to I-90, destined for export from the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, or for Midwest or East Coast domestic markets.

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