US Sen. Risch, Former US Secretary of Transportation Lahood, Idaho Gov. Otter and US Sen. Crapo visited the Port of Lewiston to celebrate reception of the Tiger Grant.
Dock extension provided important community asset
In 2012, the Port of Lewiston was awarded a $1.3 million Tiger IV Discretionary Grant from the US Department of Transportation to complete the final construction phase of a 150-ft. dock extension, mooring dolphin and fender system.
Thanks to this grant, the Port of Lewiston’s dock is 275 linear feet in length and can accommodate heavy roll-on/roll-off cargoes in addition to heavy pick cargoes.
The addition of this infrastructure has provided an important asset for the Port of Lewiston – Idaho’s only seaport and the farthest inland seaport on the West coast. It has enabled the Port to move heavy cargoes and provides a transportation option for existing and potential businesses.
Below, please find grant information and application as submitted.
Grant application introduction:
The Port of Lewiston, Idaho is the most inland port on the west coast and Idaho’s only multimodal transportation hub (barge, truck and rail facilities). Strategically located to expand U.S. import and export opportunities, the Port of Lewiston seeks a Tiger IV Discretionary Grant of $1,300,000 to complete the final construction phase of a 150ft dock extension, mooring dolphin and fender system.
The 35 year old, 120’ container dock is not large enough to meet current demands and expand export and import opportunities.
The Port has one crane to unload cargo, but the size of the dock (120ft length) limits the movement of the crane to a relatively small pile supported apron. This restriction reduces the ability of the crane to ‘pick’ containers and cargo from a standard sized barge (230ft length). When a barge is alongside the current dock, its waterward end protrudes into the river, beyond the reach of the crane. The barge or crane must be repositioned several times to allow the crane to reach cargo, a long and cumbersome procedure. Extending the dock will allow the crane to move along the entire face of the dock and provide access to two barges.
The Port contributes to the long term economic competitiveness of the United States. Because the Port of Lewiston is at the end of the navigable Columbia/Snake River System, the Port acts as a natural funnel for importing and exporting manufacturing and agricultural products from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Canada. The Port is one of the primary, inland export terminals for containerized wheat, peas, and lentils on the West Coast. Historically, 85% of regional production of soft white wheat, peas and lentils is exported overseas through the Port of Lewiston.
The natural resource based industries in the region count on the Port of Lewiston to reach export markets around the world such as Japan, Spain, Turkey and Peru. The Port of Lewiston Dock Expansion Project qualifies as a rural project. While no match is required under TIGER Discretionary Grant guidelines, the project will provide $1,600,000 (55%) as a non federal match to the total project cost of $2,900,000. Engineering and environmental permitting for this project are completed.