Public officials toured the Port of Lewiston this afternoon following the announcement of a $1.3 million grant to extend the port's container dock by 150 feet. The extension allows for two barges to sit along the dock to import and export goods, instead of just one.
Construction on the project is expected to start next year in July. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, toured the future site on Wednesday afternoon along with Governor Butch Otter and his wife.
The expansion was approved in April by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after multiple reviews of potential impact on a federal levee, landside easement agreements, and permits for navigation and the Clean Water Act.
The project was not expected to have significant impacts on the environment and followed the National Environmental Protection Act according to former district commander Lt. Col. David Caldwell who recently rotated out of command in July.
The port moves products for agriculture and products for Clearwater Paper which were on display during the tour.
When completed in September 2013, total construction cost should be about $2.9 million.