Port of Lewiston Wins Dock-Expansion Grant

Meanwhile, Port of Whitman loses bid for money to replace railroad bridges

The region’s barging system, not rail, was a winner in a federal grant program that will provide $1.3 million for the Port of Lewiston to expand its dock.

The $2.9 million dock extension was the only Idaho project to be awarded money from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program.

The port estimates the project will create 48 jobs by 2023, assuming the annual number of containers the port handles grows from the 3,653 it handled last year to 16,000. Continue reading

Transport Company Seeks Permission to Move Megaload on U.S. Highway 12

A heavy equipment transport firm is seeking permission from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to ship a megaload through north central Idaho on U.S. Highway 12.

Omega Morgan wants to move a 610,250-pound water purification vessel — 300 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 22 feet tall — from the Port of Lewiston to the Montana border, then to northern Alberta, Canada, according to an ITD email on Monday.

The vessel is being constructed and is expected to move through Idaho late next summer.

The firm hasn’t indicated how many days the trip would take, or where the vessel is being built or who it’s being built for, according to the email. Continue reading