Trustees support rail removal |

Trustees support rail removal

The Carbondale Town Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to support the idea of removing some of the rails on the publicly owned Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad right of way between Carbondale and the Catherine Store bridge.”We kicked it around a fair amount,” said Mayor Michael Hassig. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provided several choices, seeking Carbondale’s recommendation. Ultimately the board voted to send Carbondale’s RFTA representative, Scott Chaplin, to the next RFTA board meeting with two recommendations.The trustees voted unanimously to support the “pinchpoint and wetlands” trail alignment, removing the rails and putting the trail on the railbed only where necessary due to those geographic features.Another alternative, a recommendation to support salvaging the rails along the entire stretch, also passed, five to two, with trustees Scott Chaplin and Alice Laird voting “no.”The final decision falls to the RFTA Board of Directors.

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