Local government, Special Reports

Governor pushes extra $3 million for Nyssa rail center to cover cost overruns

Gov. Kate Brown is riding to the rescue of the Treasure Valley Reload Center, supporting $3 million in new state funding, with more to come if needed.

The taxpayer bailout is crucial to finish the Nyssa rail shipping center, which is far over budget and behind schedule.

Such funding would pay to erect the last major piece of the project – the shipping center building.

That 60,000-square-foot structure was supposed to be under way by now. But project leaders put the building on hold when the price to put up the structure came in nearly double what was expected.

Work already underway or contracted, including rail spurs off the main Union Pacific Railroad line, will eat up the entire $26 million awarded by the state in 2017. Project leaders have ascribed cost overruns to inflation and discovery of a . . .