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End of the line

Area railroad group feels shut out of city's decision


March 31, 2022

Gordon Weeks

Beginning Tuesday, city crews will begin the effort to remove former Simpson railroad tracks through town. The first stage of the effort targets the crossing at West Railroad Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. The work makes way for improvements and a 1.5-mile hiking/biking trail.

On April 5, City of Shelton crews will begin removing the former Simpson Lumber Co. railway tracks crossing West Railroad Avenue between 11th and 12th streets.

The track removal is scheduled to take three days. It's part of the city's Western Gateway Project, and will include a new sidewalk, curbing, pavement, a water main and a new bus shelter. The $2.6-million project is funded in part by the Transportation Improvement Board and the American Rescue Plan Act.

Simpson stopped using the line in 2015. In August 2020, the city was given the former Simpson Railroad right-of-way along West Railr...

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