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THE PROPOSAL

Brooks Intermodal and Transload Facility Proposal Delivered to ODOT

On September 27, 2018 the Oregon Port of Willamette delivered its comprehensive proposal for an intermodal and transload facility in Brooks to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The Oregon Port of Willamette proposal for Brooks is one of two finalists in a competition for a $23.75 million lottery-funded grant.

Three entities will review the competing proposals during 120 days after the September 27 submission. These are ODOT, Business Oregon (Oregon’s Economic Development agency), and a third-party reviewer. The two competing proposals will then be submitted, along with the reviewers’ comments, to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC). The five-member OTC will then choose the grant winner.

ABOUT

For more than a decade, shippers in the Willamette Valley have recognized the need for an intermodal facility in the Mid-Willamette Valley, south of Portland congestion, to move containers between truck and rail. Even when container shipping through Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland was a viable option, shippers recognized the need for a Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal facility. In 2015, as container shipping slowed at the Port of Portland and shipping lines stopped calling at the port, the Oregon Shipping Group was formed to advocate for solutions on behalf of Oregon shippers. A primary alternative to the Port of Portland brought up time and time again by shippers has been the need for a Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal facility.

In 2015, in response to the decline in shipping options available to Oregon exporters and importers, Governor Kate Brown launched the International Trade and Logistics Initiative. As part of that initiative, studies were carried out by Business Oregon to evaluate options for shippers, including a study as to the feasibility of an intermodal facility in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The Oregon Shipping Group utilized that feasibility analysis and additional research to advocate on behalf of private sector importers and exporters during the 2017 legislative session for grant funding toward a Mid-Willamette Valley intermodal facility. As part of a historic transportation package for Oregon, the 2017 legislative assembly appropriated $25 million for the development of a “Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Facility.”

The Brooks Intermodal and Transload Facility Project Plan demonstrates that the best location for this Mid-Willamette Valley intermodal facility is Brooks, Oregon.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The facility consists of about 200 acres of land north of Antique Powerland and south of Waconda Road, and on the east side of the Portland and Western Railroad main line.
  • The property will be connected to Brooklake Road by a private road running along the western edge of Antique Powerland.
  • The Oregon Port of Willamette is a limited liability company (LLC) with Frank Salerno as the Managing Member and Kevin Mannix as Executive Director. All of the LLC members are Oregonians and most of them are farmers in the central and northern Willamette Valley.
  • The intermodal and transload facility will initially emphasize Oregon imports and exports which go through Seattle and Tacoma ports. Over time additional connections will be developed which may include connections to the Port of Coos Bay and Port of St. Helens.
  • The intermodal and transload facility will be served by the Portland and Western Railroad, which can connect with the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads.
  • The intermodal and transload facility will reduce the need to send trucks through Portland which in turn will reduce congestion and carbon emissions.
  • The Oregon Port of Willamette is planning for the operation of the facility to be environmentally sound, with limited use of fossil fuels and the use of electric power or CNG to fuel equipment in the yard. We are also exploring the potential to do short haul trucking to and from the facility with hybrid or electric trucks whenever possible.
  • Oregon Port of Willamette will be supporting highway improvements in the Brooks area, such as:
  • creating Right and Left lanes on the I-5 exit ramps onto Brooklake Road, with traffic signals at the top of the ramps.
  • widening Brooklake Road between I-5 and River Road, with a center turn lane.
  • installing a traffic signal and turn lanes at the intersection of River Road and Brooklake Road.

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2007 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
T: 503-480-0523
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Contacts

Kevin Mannix
Executive Director
Oregon Port of Willamette
kevin@portofwillamette.com

Connor Harrington
Deputy Director
Oregon Shipping Group
connor@portofwillamette.com

Katie Hammitt
Executive Assistant
Oregon Port of Willamette
katie@portofwillamette.com

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