A comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) of BNSF’s proposed Sandpoint Junction Connector Project is under way by the U.S. Coast Guard. The public is encouraged to comment on the draft EA by March 25 at www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/06/2019-01134/notice-of-availability-of-draft-environmental-assessment-for-the-proposed-construction-of-railroad.
To meet the growing needs of the communities we serve, BNSF is proposing to build a second bridge over Lake Pend Oreille, which would be adjacent to the existing rail bridge. The project will also include new bridges over Sand Creek and Bridge Street in Sandpoint. This project will reduce congestion and help move current freight traffic and volumes more efficiently. This benefits all products we carry as well as the passenger trains that run on our main line. Another bridge over Lake Pend Oreille will also allow trains to run in both directions, reducing wait times for drivers on nearby roads that cross BNSF tracks and improving the flow of freight and passenger trains. To learn more, visit https://keepsandpointrolling.com.