Civil Engineering

Port of Kalama Grain Terminal

Location: Kalama, Washington

DEA provided design and construction support services for the port’s grain terminal on the Columbia River. Work included track design, utility relocations, grade crossings, and road realignments. The improvements allow the terminal to handle three, 110-car unit trains at one time and improved facility efficiency and competitiveness.

Close coordination with the Port of Kalama, BNSF Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad was important to project success. DEA also completed a LiDAR survey and a 360° photo map of the site, and worked closely with United Harvest and the contractors to prepare construction staging plans that recognized that the facility had a low tolerance for operational shutdowns. During one major shutdown, all of the dump pits were retrofitted, two new car progressors were installed, and several thousand feet of track were rebuilt in approximately two weeks.