Using Idaho state funds, a $400,00 grant and money from its own savings account, the Port of Lewiston is set to launch a $3 million expansion that operators hope will double productivity at the farthest-inland port in the Western United States.
The expansion, which could begin as early as July 2013, is expected to take approximately six months and would add a 150-foot dock down river to the original 125-foot dock.
The port, which supports the inland barges along the Columbia-Snake River system, houses the region's largest port warehouses and grain storage facilities, and feeds into the Great Northwest Rail system and U.S. Highways 12 and 95 to points north and east.
The Port Commission is scheduled to meeting Monday, June 18, to greenlight the expansion.