mikedc3 wrote:So much for shovel ready.The project was 'shovel ready' by June, but the NJDEP took this long to agree to a pre-application meeting date to discuss the project.....that meeting was held yesterday. In their wisdom they thought this was a restoration of an abandoned line. They had never looked at the plans or description of the project so they were throwing the book at it and wanted oodles of permits. Once they realized its in service and the project is a replacement in kind, with larger rail and new ties, they came to the realization that we don't need permits.
Chris, A few things.
A, I read on here once that Ben Friedland purchased a short section of track around LK Jct so that even if the MnE lost the contract, who ever got it had to pay him. I don't believe this but do you know?
B, I saw a bunch of hard hats walking the line East from Berkshire Valley Rd this past week. Was one of them you?
C, How much in both time and money did the shakedown by Roxbury Township add to this project? I know you won't answer this one but....
Answers to your questions;
A. I know that NS still owns the yard at Lake Junction, and M&E leases it, but I don't know if M&E owns any track in that area.
B. Yes, I was in the crowd at Berkshire Valley Road on Monday but only one person was wearing a hard hat
C. I will answer...Roxbury's cage rattling added nothing to the cost of the project and did not delay it. We had always planned on adding a fence between the tracks and their walking trail along Horseshoe Lake as that is required for safety. The NJDOT Rail Bureau has been a huge supporter of this project.
The County will be working separately with Roxbury on re-aligning their trail to be further away from the tracks. That work will be done with Township / County staff and equipment, but Roxbury is required to provide the design and get DEP permits.
We have also begun to suggest that Roxbury finally pass a resolution of support so State funding can be released to re-hab Lake Junction yard. This money has been sitting for a few years. Once Morris County takes ownership of the Chester Branch we will have more leverage to hopefully move that project along.
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