HOQUIAM, Wash. - Work begins at the end of the month to make repairs and to prepare the railroad bridge over the Hoquiam river for added railroad traffic. Funded by a $350,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, the project will replace the mid-river pier, damaged in a 2009 flood, with a dolphin barrier that will prevent boats from hitting the bridge.
The Washington State Department of Transportation tells KBKW the contract will be awarded to American Construction from Tacoma. Construction is expected to begin Dec. 31, 2013, and work will be completed mid-February 2014.
The Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad uses the bridge to transport goods to the Port of Grays Harbor and other nearby businesses West of the Hoquiam River and along the Hoquiam Horn Spur.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Port of Grays Harbor's Commission has learned of a phone survey being conducted to gauge the level of support for the development of a coal export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor. The Port tells KBKW they "did not sanction this survey and we have no knowledge of who did. We can unequivocally state that there are no discussions or plans for an export coal facility at the Port of Grays Harbor.
Public Affairs Specialist Kayla Dunlap added in a press release "In contrast, we are aware of a countywide phone survey that was conducted several months ago regarding the transporting of crude oil by rail to potential storage facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor that suggested overwhelming support for such projects.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - Police have located the driver of a van that fled the scene of an accident that it didn't cause earlier today. Corporal Darren King tells us it happened at the intersection of 1st and F streets before 9 this morning. A Westbound Chrysler 300 ran a red light and was struck by the van, which then sped off South bound on F street. The Chrysler spun around, hopped a curb, and collided with an apartment complex across the intersection. King said after tracking down the owner of a license plate that was left at the scene, they cited a 46 year old Aberdeen woman for hit and run attended, as well as failure to provide proof of insurance.
No injuries were reported this morning, and the building sustained only minor damages. Market street was closed briefly while a tow truck pulled the car from the sidewalk.
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ABERDEEN, Wash. - Over 120 Grays Harbor supporters of Wild Olympics, including business owners, and other community leaders, attended a screening of the film "Out of the Mist" about the forests and streams of the Olympic Peninsula at the Aberdeen Elks on Wednesday, October 2nd. Campaign consultant Al Carter tells us the dinner was a "Thank You" to their longtime supports.