Port of Tacoma News: Horizon Lines extends agreement

East 11th Street bridge closed Friday

The City of Tacoma will close the East 11th Street bridge over the Puyallup River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri., March 5 for inspection. Other Tideflats road construction, including the Lincoln Avenue overpass, also require detours and slows traffic. The Port advises you to plan extra time to travel through the Port industrial area, and watch signs and flaggers carefully.

Horizon Lines extends agreement

Horizon Lines extended its agreement last week to call at APM Terminals in Tacoma for at least six more years. Horizon’s prior agreement was scheduled to expire Dec. 10. This new agreement confirms continued stevedoring and terminal services in five North American cities, including Tacoma. In the Pacific Northwest, the shipping line considered several options, including moving operations to the Port of Seattle. The new agreement keeps about 150 terminal-related jobs in Pierce County.

Environmental policy, search firm top agenda

Commissioners are slated March 4 to get their first peek at suggested environmental procedure updates. The changes are intended to increase project transparency, clarify roles and responsibilities, and provide a more predictable process and schedule. Under action items, commissioners also will finalize a contract with search firm Shey-Harding Associates to help find a new Port executive, consider adopting a standard emergency management approach and amend a contract to dispose of contaminated soil unearthed during Lincoln Avenue overpass construction. Thursday’s full agenda also includes presentations on suggested comments to proposed city shoreline rule changes and an update on the World Trade Center Tacoma. Commission meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center. Meetings also are available for viewing live and on demand from the Port’s Web site at portoftacoma.com.

Free Port train tour March 31

More than half the cargo moving into or out of Port of Tacoma terminals travels by rail. Find out first hand how Tacoma Rail and the Port keep cargo moving during a free public train tour Weds., March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. It begins and ends at the Port administrative offices at 1 Sitcum Way in Tacoma. Space is limited for this free tour, and reservations are required. Photo identification is required for passengers 17 years of age and older. Reserve your free seat by calling (253) 383-9463 or e-mailing bustours@portoftacoma.com.