Press Release: 20th District Delegation delivers transportation improvements for Centralia Station

March 9, 2018



Kyle Heaton, Port of Centralia Executive Director

Phone: (360) 736-3527 Email:

I-5/Mellen Street Connector project receives $3.1 million gap funding

Centralia, WASH. — The Port of Centralia announced today that the Washington State Legislature’s 20th District Delegation, led by Rep. Ed Orcutt, the Ranking Minority Member of the House Transportation Committee, has allocated a $3.1 million gap funding package for improvements to Centralia Station. The I-5/Mellen Street Connector project will include a new offramp, existing street extensions, and more.

“Without the support of our delegation, Rep. Orcutt, Rep. DeBolt, and Sen. John Braun, this project and the hundreds of jobs it will provide wouldn’t be possible,” said Port of Centralia Commission President Julie Shaffley. “Centralia Station will generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for our community, including our schools and other important services.”

“The Port would like to thank Rep. Orcutt for his hard work in ensuring Centralia Station was included in the transportation budget,” said Kyle Heaton, Port of Centralia executive director. “Not only will these improvements provide improved traffic flow to the development, but also to Centralia College and all of south Centralia.”

Heaton continued, “When complete, Centralia Station will be a catalyst in furthering the Port Commission’s longstanding mission of creating economic development projects that employ and support the members of our community.”

Centralia Station is a planned multi-use development that will include major retailers, including Fred Meyer as the anchor tenant. The project will also include commercial and office space, restaurants, and sports fields. Upon completion, Centralia Station is projected to create over 500 permanent jobs, produce over $118 million in annual sales, and generate over $7 million annually in state and local taxes.

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