Spokane International Airport Rail-Truck Transload Facility Project Update

Spokane International Airport
Rail-Truck Transload Facility Project Update


In September 2021 construction commenced on the Airport’s Rail-Truck Transload Facility near the intersection of Craig Road and McFarlane Road. Since then, land was cleared, trenching for utility infrastructure supporting the facility installed, rail placed, and ballast graded as well as a significant portion of the facility’s rail track installed.  In mid-December we had a drone operator capture video of the construction progress and attached is a graphic with still images overlaid on the computer-generated rendering of the Transload facility’s buildout.


Rail-Truck Transload Facility Project Summary:

  • 1.7 miles of new track alignment
  • 2 loading tracks with 2,000’ clear length. This length was designed to handle six (five unit) double stack well cars – the largest model in use, at 309’ each.
  • 1 running track
  • 5 turnouts
  • 286,000 lbs. is the maximum weight in pounds per railcar
  • 182,560 square feet of concrete circulation with an additional 350,000 (112’ x 1,577’ per side of the access road from Craig Rd.) square feet of land has been reserved for expansion.


Work has resumed and the remaining portion of rail track and switches will be placed and connected to existing rail track completed under Phase I of the project, providing direct access from the facility to the Geiger Spur rail line. Additionally, the access road and freight truck movement apron will be paved, and the facility’s unique roller-compacted concrete surface will be placed. The project is expected to be complete in 3rd Quarter 2022.


The Rail-Truck Transload facility will provide multimodal freight movement services to meet the increased demand from the area’s commercial and industrial sectors for a larger transportation and logistics network. Halme Construction is building the facility and KPFF Consulting Engineers is the Design Engineer and Construction Manager overseeing the project. The project is funded primarily with an $11.3 million USDOT BUILD grant awarded in November 2019, along with matching funds from the Airport.


This is an exciting and foundational project in realization of the Airport’s goal of creating a world-class aerospace focused transportation, logistics and advanced manufacturing center on the 500-acres of land zoned for industrial use immediately to east of this site.


For additional information, please contact:


Todd S. Woodard C.M., FRAeS
Director, Marketing & Public Affairs
Spokane International Airport
509-998-7265 Mobile