Transportation Improves

Aerial view of the Port of Vancouver, 1996

New transportation route streamlines traffic

In March 1996, Washington Governor Mike Lowry signed a bill funding the Mill Plain Extension project, an effort that would have a major impact on the port area. Upon completion in 2000, the project relieved major truck congestion on Fourth Plain Boulevard, and significantly improved freight movement between the port and Interstate 5. Building on the improvement to Mill Plain, the port also completed construction of a new, more efficient entrance to Terminal 2, further improving the facility to handle a wide variety of imports and exports.