Dock expansion will double productivity at Port of Lewiston

LEWISTON, ID - The Port of Lewiston may have jumped their final hurdle after port commissioners approved budgeting for the expansion of the container dock at Wednesday night's meeting.

The nearly $3 million project will add a 150 foot dock down river to the original 125 foot dock. Expansion could begin as early as July of next year with high hopes it would be completed that fall.

"That will allow us to moor two barges at one time," said Port of Lewiston Manager David Doeringsfeld . "That doubles our productivity, the efficiency of our operations and makes it a lot safer for our dock workers."

The port is using grant funding from the State of Idaho, money from their savings account and has received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Idaho Rural Community Block.

Doeringsfeld said that additional revenue will most likely generate from private funding, state loan programs and port resources.