This port infrastructure project to provide safe and uninterrupted access to and from Downtown Ridgefield and waterfront is on time and on budget in its third and final phase. A “substantial completion” time frame has been set for mid-October 2021; it’s anticipated the overpass will be open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in November.
The project has been years-in-the-making. Phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Phase 3 was delayed for several reasons beyond the control of the port.
Funding for the $17 million overpass project has come from several sources. In 2015 the port secured $7.8 million in state funding and $2 million in federal Surface Transportation funding through Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC). In early 2017 the port was awarded $900,000 from a U.S. Department of Transportation Railroad Safety Grant. The remaining dollars for the project were provided by the port and others.
A public celebration will be held after completion, with a date yet-to-be-determined.
For more information and background, visit Rail Overpass.