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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS I I Thursday, December 31, 2015 line rain continued from page 1 the operations officer for Highline'Grain. "It's going well, the construction is on tar- get really," Bailey said. "We're slightly behind in getting some of our con- struction done, probably three, maybe four weeks behind." But it's not con- cerning. The silos, referred to as the "eight pack," consist of eight tanks each hold- ing about 110,000 bushels with the inner-silos 20,000- 4o,oo0. Original plans at the $30 million, 1.5 million bushel facility were altered somewhat when Highline negotiated an agreement with ADM (Archer Dan- iels Midland) to bring in hard red winter wheat for their needs in the Spokane mill. "That required about half a million bushel ca- pacity of additional space/' Bailey said. To put up a steel tank was quite a bit less expensive than one constructed of concrete. The multiple structures seen at Four Lakes have been designed to accept a variety of commodities. "We'll have different classes of wheat," Bailey said. Those include soft white, club wheat - a sub class of soft white - as well as hard red winter and dark northern spring. The wheat the terminal will handle will be used in a variety of products from breads to noodles and many other end uses. Circling the elevators is enough railroad track to handle loading of 110-car trains that will be taken back to Cheney. As for the track im- provements, "It's going quite well," Bailey said. The upgrades have in- cluded new rails, ties and grade crossings, plus new ballast. "One of the things that's really nice in this project, because the High- line Group is doing the management and being reimbursed by the state, is we were able to put more dollars into the build-out," Barley said. Rather than have joint- ed rail, the section will have what is called CWR -- continuously welded rail -- in most of the track, Bailey said. About 50 per- cent of the ties are being replaced, too. Money for the effort, about $7 million-plus, came from the Washington state transportation budget approved earlier this year by the legislature. However the real mon- ey is coming from Highline Grain who is lending the Washington State Depart- ment of Transportation funds for the project, Bob Westby, the Palouse Cou- lee City Railroad rail man- ager for WSDOT, owners File photo The Highline Grain Terminal project, seen here in June, will open early in 2016. of the track, said. The state The onset of winter contractor, RailWorks, will pay Highline back that hit the region with said. over a period of years, cold and snowy weath- "We're pretty much The upgraded rails er recently has slowed done with therails and not only will link the the project but will not ties," and that work will Highline facility but keep trains from using be completed whenthe also improves access the track, first thaw hits, likely in to the Spokane County- While there is still February 2016, Austin owned Geiger Spur. work to be done on said. "That should allow any the roadbed, "The ma- P a u l D e I a n e y new commerce to be jority of the project is can be reached at enhanced by that ac- finished," Josh Aus- pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. tion." tin, area manager forcom. LAWN &TREE CARE KARATE ADVERTISE HERE w tMa s " Oldrlawan ,GoJu-Ryu~Nar.ate " Adult 8" Junior Classes ClaSses Tuesday, Wednesday 8. Thursday Come in to register (or to observe a class) Call 509.559.5432 iUdon Korean .... 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