What is the Project?


The SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project will identify project concepts to address the safety, traffic congestion, system mobility and freight capacity issues where the rail and roadway systems overlap along the corridor. These improvements will facilitate regional economic development by keeping freight, employees, residents, and tourists moving through the corridor.


In 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 the region become competitive in the global marketplace. The river deepening increased interest in moving freight through the region, leading to further study 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.

What's New

POSTED 05.29.14 An Open House was held on May 28, 2014.

POSTED 05.14.14 An Elected / Agency Officials Briefing was held on May 14, 2014.

Get Involved

A second open house for the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project was held on May 28, 2014 to provide an update on project progress since last fall, prioritization of projects in the corridor, and an overview of the next phase of the project. A copy of the presentation is located in the document library.

Additional public meetings will be held as the project moves forward. The project website will provide the latest available information. To sign up for the project mailing list or for additional information, please contact us.

Project Partners

The following jurisdictions have partnered on the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project:

  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG)
  • City of Kelso
  • City of Longview
  • Cowlitz County
  • Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC)
  • Port of Longview
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

The CWCOG is leading the partnership while working closely with WSDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, other regulatory agencies, BNSF Railway, and the public.