It has been estimated that the terminal could eventually spark the creation of up to 1,000 jobs in the region and take up to 350 trucks a day off of the region's roads.
The terminal was estimated to cost $35 million. Mountaineer Contractors' winning $27.4 million bid was the lowest.
There are two terminal construction funding sources: A $12 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant and a tax enacted by the Legislature in 2008 that brings in about $4.2 million a year to enhance intermodal facilities throughout the state.
Terminal components include an access road, two 2,400-foot-long sections of railroad track, more than 190 trailer parking spaces (where containers may be stacked up to four high), 14 employee parking spaces, lighting, fencing, landscaping and a security system.
In addition to the construction contract, Norfolk Southern donated 78 acres for the project. and, in June 2011, the state awarded a $6.5 million contract to Wayne Concrete Co. of Barboursville for construction of a bridge that will improve truck access to the site.