Columbia River Ferry to Get New Terminal

Mon June 22, 2009 - West Edition

CATHLAMET, Wash. (AP) A better terminal is in store for the last remaining ferry on the lower Columbia River.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Brian Baird say the terminal on Puget Island near Cathlamet will get $590,000 in federal stimulus money for repairs. That, along with $200,000 approved by Congress in 2005, will replace the worn wooden terminal with a steel and concrete structure, including a longer ramp to handle changing river levels.

Wahkiakum County Public Works Director Pete Ringen said construction should begin this fall. He told The Columbian newspaper that the next goal is to get money for a new, larger ferry for the route between the island and Westport, Ore.