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.
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.