Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge Project

The Coos Bay Swing Span bridge has now been successfully opened to rail traffic.  The completion of this repair project has re-established connectivity from the North Spit to Coos Bay. Maintaining rail connectivity is vital to support movement of trade, help shippers remain competitive, support jobs along the line, and foster future business opportunities. 

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CBRL Timber Bridge Rehabilitation Project

CBRL Timber Bridge Rehabilitation Project

The Coos Bay Rail Line traverses 121 bridges between the interchange in Eugene and end of line in Coquille.  Timber bridges make up the multitude of these bridge structures, many of which cross waterways. These bridges require constant maintenance and upgrades in order to ensure good working order. The work for this Project includes the repair and/or rehabilitation to over thirty timber bridge structures along the Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL), located in western Lane, western Douglas, and Coos Counties.

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2017 Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Overview: On January 31st, the new 100-metric ton Travel Lift arrived at the Port of Coos Bay’s Shipyard off Troller Road in Charleston!  The Port purchased the lift with a loan of $600,000 from the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA), which will also be utilized to construct a building to house the lift when it is not in use.  IFA Loan Press Release 

Increased Capacity: The lift that was previously utilized at the Shipyard had a 60-ton lift capacity.  The new Travel Lift is equipped to hoist 100-metric tons, or 220,000 lbs, doubling the lift capacity in the shipyard.  Our own Port staff recently completed improvements to the travel lift pier to handle the added weight capability of the new equipment.  This is a revenue generating asset that will:

·       increase local capacity

·       improve quality and range of service for our customers

·        increase potential business in the shipyard

·       Accommodate a wider range of vessels

This increased level of service is essential for our local fishing and recreational fleets. The Shipyard is home to three local marine based businesses: Giddings Boat Works, Tarheel Aluminum Inc., and Skallerud Marine Services, all of which specialize in a variety of repair and fabrication services.  Increasing the size range of boats that can be serviced in the yard will open larger markets segments, helping these businesses thrive.

How it Works: The Travel Lift drives onto the slip to an open-end pier to lift vessels from the water.  Straps are secured around the boat prior to hoisting.  Once out of the water, the lift can drive the vessel to areas within the yard for upland storage or repair projects. 

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Phased Approach: The purchase of the travel lift marks the first in a series of planned improvements to the shipyard.  To realize the full potential of the Lift and accommodate a broader range of vessels, the Port plans to expand its travel lift slip.  The existing slip spans 17’ wide.  The Port will be seeking funding and working through the permitting processes to allow the slip to expand to at least 27’ wide.  Port staff worked closely with the manufacturer (Marine Travelift) to ensure that the lift can be expanded to 27’ to accommodate the future slip expansion project.  

The long-range plans for the Charleston Shipyard include expanding the footprint of the property by 4.8 acres, and purchasing a second Travel Lift capable of lifting vessels of much greater size, significantly increasing the size and volume capabilities of the yard.

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Why 100-metric tons? The Port staff knew that the lift that was being used needed to be replaced.  Travel Lifts come in a wide range of lift capacities.  The decision to purchase a 100-metric ton lift was based on an analysis which factored in anticipated debt service, demand, and revenue generated by the new lift.  The 100-metric ton lift was an excellent option for the shipyard’s upgrade because it doubles the current capacity in a fiscally responsible manner.

The Shipyard is a vital component of Charleston’s economy and a valued resource for local and regional fleets.  The Port of Coos Bay will continue to make investments in key infrastructure and equipment to encourage sustainable economic growth in Southwestern Oregon and the State. Once the project is complete, new travel lift information can be accessed on the Shipyard webpage. 

2005 Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation Phase 2

In February 2005, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay completed Phase I of a long-planned rail bridge rehabilitation.  Total project costs for engineering and construction was approximately $6.73 million, with funding from the federal government through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department, the Coos County (North Bay) Urban Renewal Agency and the Regional Investment Board.  Phase I consisted of repair and replacement of structural steel components, rebuilding of a support pier and installation of a new fendering system for two piers. 

Project Completed:  The Port applied for $12.7 million in Tiger III transportation grant funding for the Coos Bay Rail Bridge Rehabilitation Project and successfully obtained this grant. Phase II added additional structural steel repair and replacement, application of a protective coating system and other work as needed. 

Rail Line Acquisition and Rehabilitation

On September 21, 2007, rail service on the Coos Bay rail line, then owned and operated by the Central Oregon & Pacific (CORP) Railroad was embargoed from Vaughn in Lane County to the North Spit of lower Coos Bay.  The closure impacted Georgia-Pacific and several other rail shippers in the region.  Additionally, CORP discontinued service on rail spurs serving Roseburg Forest Products in Coquille, Southport Forest Products on the North Spit, and American Bridge on Bolon Island near Reedsport.  CORP cited safety concerns in three tunnels on the line as the primary reason for the embargo, and later commented and confirmed that the line also had a backlog of deferred maintenance.  The loss of freight rail service forced commodity shippers on the line to shift to trucking at much higher costs. 

The Port, acting in the best interests of the south coast communities and companies served by the rail line, took action at the direction of the Port’s Board of Commissioners and moved ahead with acquisition of the rail line through a Feeder Line Application (FLA) action before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.  Financing of the acquisition was supported by a loan package administered by the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department.  At the time the FLA was filed, CORP also sought abandonment of the Coos Bay line.  Granting of abandonment action could have resulted in loss of the rail corridor between Eugene and Coos County. 

The Port finalized the acquisition of the 111 miles of the CORP Coos Bay rail line in March 2009, and immediately applied for federal stimulus funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The Port was successful in acquiring a $2.5 million grant award, which was used for high-priority tunnel rehabilitation. That work was completed in fall 2010. Port staff pursued additional federal and state funding for continued rehabilitation of the Coos Bay line. 

In August 2010, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded the Port $7.8 million through the ConnectOregon III program for repairs to the rail line’s three swing bridges and upgrades for trestles. The Port also was successful in obtaining a $13.5 million Tiger II Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant in October 2010. The funds have allowed the Port to rehabilitate rail, ties, ballast and other track components with the goal of having freight trains travel at efficient speeds between 25 and 40 mph. Finally, the Port will be using an estimated $528,000 from the Oregon Department of Transportation to fund replacement of signal electronics at seven mainline crossings to improve safety.

Coos Bay rail line re-opens

The Port re-opened the first 111 miles of rail line between Eugene and North Bend in October 2011. It then restored service to the final 23 miles of line from North Bend to Coquille in April 2013.

The Port has contracted with ARG Trans, a shortline railroad operator, to provide service along the entire 134-mile rail line, including Coos Bay's North Spit, connecting regional manufacturers to the nation's rail system at Eugene.  The operating name for the rail line is Coos Bay Rail Link, with a reporting mark of CBR.  Since the line re-opened, CBR has served 13 customers moving inbound and outbound wood products, steel, aggregate, mineral ore and dairy feed.

Continuation of freight rail service on the Coos Bay rail line is essential for future diversification of the cargoes moving through the Coos Bay harbor and for support of existing and future industrial operations and corresponding job retention and creation in the south coast region.

2007 Charleston Marina Master Plan


The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay owns and operates the Charleston Marina, the Charleston Marina RV Park and the Charleston Shipyard, all of which serve various market segments in the community – commercial fishing and seafood processing, recreational fishing and boating, tourism and a growing retail and commercial sector. 

The port adopted a master plan for the development and management of port-owned property and marine related activities in the Charleston area in the early 1990s and updated that plan in early 2007 to reflect changing economic conditions, environmental values and shifts in facility use over the years. 


2007 Master Plan Project Status

Phase I Improvements completed:  Resurfacing outer basin with parking improvements, rip-rap repair, resurfacing Eel Avenue with parking improvements and establish a paved area behind Seahawk Seafood with drainage.  

Phase II Improvements: 

  • Completed – Inner basin restroom building replacement with restroom
    and shower facilities. 

  • Partially completed – Paving, parking, sidewalk and curbing
    enhancements to the area around the Oregon Institute of Marine
    Biology’s (OIMB) interpretive center at the corner of Guano Rock and Boat Basin Road. 

  • Completed – The Port was also successful in receiving an award on the behalf of Coos County for a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  This project provided approximately 2,400 lineal feet of curbing, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and storm drain improvements to Boat Basin Road from OIMB to approximately Davey Jones’ Locker.

  • Completed – The Port partnered with the South Slough National
    Estuarine Research Reserve for construction of a paddlecraft launch near the entrance to the slough.

  • Completed – Charleston Shipyard utilities have been placed underground.

  • Completed – The Port received an Oregon State Marine Board grant for construction of a new fish cleaning station near the Charleston Marina boat launch.

2007-2012 North Spit Barge Slip

In the late 1980s, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay developed a heavy-lift barge slip to serve industrial sites on the North Spit of lower Coos Bay. Since that time the barge slip was used on a limited basis to move large production equipment for various industrial operations in the region.  In 2004, the Port sold 32 acres of industrial land and the barge slip to Southport Forest Products for the construction of a modern small-log sawmill.  Prior to the opening of the mill, the Port also developed the North Spit Rail Spur to serve the mill and other industrial lands in the TransPacific Parkway corridor. 

The ConnectOregon I multimodal transportation system funding program presented an opportunity for the Port and Southport to partner on development of a multimodal barge facility with access to rail and road.  The barge slip is now reconfigured to handle ocean going cargo barges able to move inbound logs, outbound woodchips and a variety of breakbulk general cargo.  Total project cost was approximately $650,000.  The Port/Southport partnership was awarded $504,000 from ConnectOregon I and Southport provided the balance of the required funds.

The Port and Southport negotiated a contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the state funding and project oversight of the barge slip redevelopment.  All required permitting was completed prior to construction.  Southport finished the project during December 2007. In 2012, dredging was completed and the privately-owned barge slip is now in use for intermodal cargo movements.

2010 TransPacific Parkway Realignment

During the planning and engineering of the North Spit Rail Spur a realignment of TransPacific Parkway was designed as a follow up to the completion of the rail project.  This will provide highway access to non-served industrial lands along the Parkway and create a safer rail crossing for road users.  The realignment will combine two road/rail crossings into a single signalized crossing and create safer intersection access for visitors to the southern portion of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, as well as to nearby industrial sites.

Financing for the project is grant funds from the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA:LU) and the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III (OTIA III) passed during the 2005 legislative session.

Project Completed

Port staff worked through the mitigation needs with the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Port received all permits and right-of-way documents.  The construction maintenance agreement from Union Pacific (UP) was completed.  ODOT gave final approval.  Construction bids were advertised January 2010, with bid opening February 4, 2010.  Knife River was awarded the $1.1 million bid. Construction was completed in fall 2010. A requirement of the project was to conduct wetland mitigation on the East Bay. Information on this sub-project can be accessed by clicking here