Project leaders report to state that Nyssa rail center will be done by August

The team managing the Treasure Valley Reload Center reported to state officials on Wednesday, June 1, that they still expect to finish the rail shipping center by the end of August.

In the required monthly report to the Oregon Department of Transportation, project officials listed the date for “project complete” as Aug. 31. The date was included in a column designated for "anticipated completion date."

The report said work already was half done on a project funded by $26 million in state funds.

That is the most positive outlook for the project in some time.

In recent weeks, officials at the Malheur County Economic Development Department and the Malheur County Development Corp. have faced one round of bad news after another ­– unexpected costs, construction delays, and a budget shortfall they have been unable to fill.

Onion shippers are eager for the center to open as freight costs to ship their . . .