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

Lewiston Port Approves Dock Expansion Spending

Budget includes $2.9 million for container dock project

The biggest item in a budget Lewiston port commissioners passed Wednesday is a $2.9 million container dock expansion.

The action came just minutes after David Doeringsfeld, the port’s manager, described the port’s primary mission as job creation and retention, not getting barges up and down the river.

More than doubling the length of the 125-foot dock is consistent with that goal, Doeringfeld said after the meeting. Continue reading

Corps Approves Dock Expansion

Next step is for Port of Lewiston officials to decide how to pay for project

A Port of Lewiston project cleared a significant hurdle Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved an application for a $2.9 million expansion of the port’s container dock.

“We have granted permission for them to proceed,” said Bruce Henrickson, a spokesman for the corps’ Walla Walla District.

The corps found the 150-foot addition to the 125-foot dock wouldn’t have a significant impact on the environment, but identified precautions to protect wildlife during construction, according to a news release from the corps. Continue reading

The Port of Lewiston Minus Megaloads

Port of Lewiston Resuming Normal Operations

What a difference a year makes.  Last April, I spent a good portion of the month tracking the only Imperial Oil megaload that took U.S. Highway 12.

It was a test module in the same dimension and weight as the largest of the extra-big shipments that Imperial Oil wanted to send along the Clearwater and Lochsa river corridor in Idaho.

That shipment, which is under security around the clock, made it a little past the Montana border and hasn’t moved, said Dave Barbe, general manager of Lolo Hot Springs, a business that’s located near its parking spot. Continue reading

Lewiston Dock Expansion Work Could Begin in Summer of 2013

The yellow shaded area next to the existing cargo loading dock at the Port of Lewiston shows the downstream area where the dock would be expanded (Port of Lewiston photo).

Containers are loaded into barges at the Port of Lewiston cargo dock, where an expansion project would significantly increase shipping volume capacity (The Lewiston Tribune/Barry Kough photo).

Unknowns for port include decision by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, grant money

The Port of Lewiston is getting a little closer to a $2.9 million expansion of its container dock, a project it initiated in 2007.

Plans are to begin the work in July 2013 and have it finished by September of that same year, said port Manager David Doeringsfeld.  “It’s not that big or difficult a project.”

That schedule, however, depends on a number of variables falling into place.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received more than 50 public comments after it issued a draft finding of no significant impact, said Bruce Hendrickson, a spokesman for the Corps in Walla Walla.  That feedback will weigh into its final decision on the work. Continue reading

Port of Lewiston Expansion Comments due Friday Night

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) extended the deadline until March 30, 2012, for public comments about the environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) analyses of the proposed Port of Lewiston Dock Expansion and Storage Area Development.  This project specifically aims to accommodate larger cargo on a regular basis, like the Alberta tar sands megaloads that have invaded and damaged Highway 95, Moscow streets, and Highway 12 through the Wild and Scenic Lochsa-Clearwater river corridor.  Together, north central Idahoans have prevented and protested these transports on our roads; let’s flood the Walla Walla Corps offices with letters of continuing resistance and block megaloads in Idaho at their point of arrival.  Please write a few paragraphs to Corps officials, urging decision makers to choose the “No Action” Alternative 1 before midnight on Friday evening.  Ask your friends, co-workers, and family members to pen their opinions, too.  For suggestions of key points to include in your letter to the Corps, please peruse WIRT’s formal July 22 Port of Lewiston Permit Application Comments and consider the following arguments suggested by Fighting Goliath and Friends of the Clearwater.  Also see the Port of Lewiston category on the WIRT website for a recent project summary and government document links, additional talking points, and related news articles. Continue reading

Comment Period Extended for Port of Lewiston Expansion

The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has extended the deadline for public input on the recently released 73-page Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Port of Lewiston Dock Expansion and Storage Area Development.  It lengthened the comment period to a more appropriate 30 days ending on Friday, March 30, rather than on Friday, March 16.  Both documents are available for your examination on the left side of the Corps’ Port of Lewiston Dock Expansion and Storage Area Development web page.  The project proposed by the Corps’ preferred Alternative 2 would expand the existing dock from its present 100 feet to 250 feet parallel with the north bank of the Clearwater River, along the Corps-owned flood protection levee and adjacent shoreline land.  It would also move a mooring pillar downstream in the river and develop two acres as a graveled storage area at current port facilities, among a half dozen other associated modifications. Continue reading

Officials Offer Differing Views on Future of Megaloads and the Port of Lewiston

In a Tuesday, February 21, Lewiston Tribune story, Port of Lewiston manager David Doeringsfeld stated that Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil has scheduled no additional tar sands processing plant parts to move through the port.  Like the equipment of two companies contracted by the oil giant, two large cranes that load modules onto trailers will also be dismantled and removed from the port by the end of March.  But Imperial Oil spokesman Pius Rolheiser asserts that his firm has not made decisions about exact numbers of megaloads on specific routes for an approved second phase of plant construction and expansion to a similar capacity as the first, expecting completion by the end of 2012.  Although all of Imperial Oil’s original 207 transports have either almost vacated Highway 95 or are currently moving out of the Port of Pasco up Highway 395, a second wave of a similar amount of South Korean-made split-height components could pummel our Northwest/Northern Rockies highways soon.  Meanwhile, two other companies have inquired about shipping through the port an unknown number of oversized wind turbine and pressure vessel pieces.

(From WIRT Newsletter)

Please see Officials Offer Differing Views on Future of Megaloads and the Port of Lewiston below for more updates. Continue reading

Port of Lewiston’s Helmsman Navigates Busy Waters

The Port of Lewiston has been the site of much activity this year as crews worked to reduce the size of the extra-large shipments dubbed "megaloads" (The Lewiston Tribune/Steve Hanks photo).

While shipping is one of the most visible of the Port of Lewiston’s functions, its manager says it’s only one method to achieve the primary mission of job creation.

The subject of this month’s Business Profile doesn’t own a business. In fact, if you live in Nez Perce County, you are his boss.

As general manager of the Port of Lewiston, David Doeringsfeld is responsible not just for the shipment of cargo in and out of Lewiston, but for “enhancing the economic environment of Nez Perce County.”

His job is to help create more jobs. Or, as he put it, “It’s not just about barges.” Continue reading

Megaload Cyclist Expects to Take Plea Deal Down to an Infraction, Selway Corporation Transport Passage, & Port of Lewiston Spends Much of Its Megaload Revenue on Security

Co-defendants Zach Johnson and Aaron Malgren, arrested on October 6 while participating in the Bikes Not Bitumen! critical mass bike ride during ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil tar sands shipments through Moscow, describe developments in their court case against police and prosecutors who imposed wrongful charges of obstructing and resisting officers and held their bikes for evidence over two months.  Probably due to the implausibility of prosecutors’ arguments, Aaron and Zach were offered three plea bargain choices of infractions to replace their misdemeanor charges.  This broadcast also covers the two movements of a huge Selway Corporation Y-shaped pipe westbound on Highway 12 between the Montana border and Lewiston on Friday night and, on Monday evening, onward to Highway 195 and Snoqualmie Falls, Washington.  Additionally, the Port of Lewiston spent 80 percent of its revenue from yard storage of ExxonMobil modules on security officers during its July 2010 to June 2011 fiscal year.  Listen to more news about Megaload Cyclist Expects to Take Plea Deal Down to an Infraction, Selway Corporation transport passage, and Port of Lewiston Spends Much of Its Megaload Revenue on Security between 16:11 and 5:43 on the Monday, December 19, KRFP Radio Free Moscow Evening Report, Bike Plea Bargain.