Washington Leaders Say Yes to Oversize Shipping
Washington state businesses, workers applaud proposed state transportation project
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, August 8, 2011 — A coalition of regional community, business and agricultural leaders welcomed an announcement today of planned new investments in critical regional transportation infrastructure. The announcement from ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil outlined the companies’ plans to begin utilizing the Port of Pasco, Washington as a launching point for oversize shipments bound for Canada. The shipments, which will last for 12-14 months, will highlight the commercial viability of the Port of Pasco, and provide a much needed boost to local businesses along the route.
“The announcement today is an opportunity for eastern Washington to demonstrate we’re a good place to do business,” said Colin Hastings, Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to providing an important lift to the towns along the route, these shipments will bring new investments to Washington’s Ports of Pasco and Vancouver, benefitting all local businesses that depend on our critical inland waterways.”
The new route through Washington was announced following significant permitting delays along a proposed non-interstate route through Idaho and Montana. The delays were driven by opposition from nationally funded environmental organizations opposed to energy development.
“Washington has a tremendous opportunity to participate in a valuable job-creating regional transportation project – one that will generate new investments and provide an important boost for the Port,” Colin Hastings continued. “We encourage state transportation officials to support this project, and demonstrate Washington is a good place to do business.”
The shipments will travel from the Port of Pasco north along Highway 395 in Washington, before moving eastward on Interstate 90 into Idaho and Montana. The shipments contain no hazardous materials and will move at night where required by transportation permits. The project has been carefully planned to minimize any impact on local towns and traffic, while holding safety and efficiency as its top priorities.
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