When Did Planning for this Project Begin?

In 1968 the Washington Department of Highways (predecessor to the Washington State Department of Transportation) completed a Reconnaissance Report for the State Route (SR) 432 corridor. It was followed by a preliminary design for the Oregon Way Interchange at SR 432 in 1971 to address congestion along Industrial Way that was anticipated to worsen in the future as traffic volumes increase at this intersection in Longview, WA.

By 1988, the Lower Columbia ports requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study the deepening of the Columbia River shipping channel to help our ports become competitive in the global marketplace. The river deepening increased interest in moving freight through the SR 432 corridor, leading to further studies since the late 1980s thru 2014’s of the road and rail systems that connect to the Columbia River and the Port of Longview in order to handle increasing volumes of freight. The deficiencies in the SR 432 corridor, in general, and at the Industrial Way / Oregon Way intersection, in particular, are degrading traffic operations causing significant congestion, delays and safety issues in the SR 432 corridor. Industrial Way and the intersecting SR 433 are designated as Highways of Statewide Significance by the Washington State Legislature, which recognizes that both highways provide a vital transportation and economic connection between communities across the state and support state, interstate, and international freight movement.

Improvements to the Industrial Way / Oregon Way intersection are anticipated to make the transportation system safer and more efficient to meet forecast freight traffic growth, the result of the Columbia River Shipping Channel Deepening Project. These improvements would benefit not only businesses and industries that rely on freight movement, but also employees, tourists, and residents. Additionally, improving freight mobility enhances the potential of creating opportunities for business development on available developable lands, such as Longview’s Mint Farm Industrial Park and the Port of Longview’s Barlow Point, and facilitates the creation of permanent jobs. This project phase will focus on developing and refining roadway design concepts for the Industrial Way / Oregon Way intersection, complying with NEPA and SEPA and preparing 30 percent engineering plans.

Timeline of previous studies and projects completed on the SR 432 Corridor

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1968Reconnaissance Report - Longview Industrial Route (SR 4 and 432) completed
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1971Preliminary design of the Oregon Way Interchange at SR 432 (view image)
1988The Lower Columbia ports request U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study deepening the Columbia River shipping channel
1989SR 432 Route Jurisdiction Study (SR 411 to SR 4) completed designating Industrial Way as SR 432
1990Columbia River Channel Deepening Reconnaissance Report completed
1995City of Longview acquires the Mint Farm for industrial park development
1996Port of Longview begins development of the Industrial Rail Corridor
1998Grand opening of the Mint Farm Industrial Park
1998SR 432 Route Development Plan (Phase 1) Final Report completed
1999Port of Longview begins construction of Berth 8
2000Port of Longview dedicates Berth 8
2001SR 432 Route Development Plan (I-5 Exit 36 to SR 4) completed
2002Port of Longview begins construction of Industrial Rail Corridor and completes construction of Fibre Way overpass
2003SR 432 / Talley Way Interchange Improvement Study begins
2003Columbia River Channel Deepening Final Environmental Impact Statement and feasibility study completed
2004Columbia River Channel Deepening Record of Decision issued
2005Port of Longview Industrial Rail Corridor opened for business
2006Columbia River Channel Deepening dredging begins
2009SR 432 Realignment Feasibility Study (Tennant Way to 3rd Avenue and Industrial Way from 3rd Avenue to 38th Avenue) completed
2009SR 432 / Talley Way Interchange improvements begin construction
2009Washington State receives American Recovery and Reinvestment Act high speed rail stimulus funding for projects throughout the state
2010Columbia River Channel Deepening dredging completed
2010Port of Longview purchased Barlow Point property for future industrial development3
2011SR 432 / Talley Way Interchange (I-5 Exit 36) improvements constructed
2011Regional Transportation Priority Projects Report (Washington State Transportation Commission) published
2012BNSF Railway begins capacity improvements
2014SR 432 Highway Improvements and Rail Realignment Study completed
2015Industrial Way / Oregon Way Intersection Project (NEPA/SEPA Analysis and 30% Engineering) gets underway