Survey work begins at future rail shipping facility

Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, right, vice chairman of the Malheur County Development Corporation visits with Melissa Meier, with Union Pacific Railroad, during a tour of the proposed site of the Treasure Valley Reload Center in mid-October.

NYSSA — Preparatory work has started toward the construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center planned for a site north of Nyssa.

During the weekly meeting of the Malheur County Development Corporation Greg Smith, project manager and officer to the board, said a crew from Anderson Perry engineers was doing survey work at the site along Gem Avenue, next to the Union Pacific Railroad. This company is projected to transport the shipments of onions and possibly other products out of the valley and to distant markets, after those products are delivered to the reload center by truck.

Part of the importance of the survey work is determining elevations at the site so the company designing layout of the rail portion of the facility can proceed with its work, Smith said.

In the meantime, growers and shippers will be meeting privately to form a group or structure for negotiating with the railroad and operator of the reload center, once it is selected for shipping and handling rates once the center is operational, which is not expected until 2022.

Also, with Malheur County being the applicant, funding is being sought through Business Oregon’s Special Public Works program and the Regional Significant Industrial Site program to fund land purchase/development associated with the reload center.

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