Rail - Kelso Martin's Bluff - New Siding - Complete May 2017

This project constructed approximately 4 miles of new siding track near the Port of Kalama. The new siding track will relieve freight train congestion from arrivals and departures to and from grain terminals by constructing a mainline bypass track for passenger trains in the area, thus increasing capacity for additional passenger service, as well as improving schedule reliability.

Needs & benefits

Improves safety
New dispatcher-controlled siding to allow freight trains to clear the existing two-track main line.

Relieves congestion
Reduced congestion and reduced passenger/freight rail conflicts improves reliability for both, allowing for better movement of people and goods through the corridor.

Economic incentive
Washington benefits from critical infrastructure investments that improve mobility in congested areas along the corridor, create and preserve jobs, foster economic growth, and improve air quality across our state.

Partnerships & cooperation
WSDOT worked closely with BNSF Railway, the Port of Kalama and the Federal Railroad Administration on this project.


This project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $47 million.




WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

Kelso Martin's Bluff New Siding map

Kelso Martins Bluff New Siding wall construction

Initial work on the concrete block wall that will run between a new mainline rail and Interstate-5 in Kalama.

Visit Kelso Martin's Bluff Flickr album for all project photos