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Track removal on Lodi City Council agenda

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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2003 10:00 pm

How to remove the railroad tracks along East Lodi Avenue and reactivate those on Lockeford Street are among the topics the City Council is expected to discuss at its regular meeting Wednesday.

The city portion is an estimated $6.7 million, not including design and potential land acquisition costs related to the construction of a new rail yard as part of the project.

Council members last received an update in September.

Also on the agenda

In other action Wednesday, council members are expected to:

  • Authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement for the preparation of an update to the city's housing element and environmental report at a cost of $127,000.

  • Receive a quarterly payment from the Lodi Area All Veterans Plaza committee.

  • Continue to Feb. 19 a public hearing to consider an appeal regarding the use permit for Legends, which has since closed.
  • Make appointments to the Lodi Senior Citizens Commission and to the Recreation Commission.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.

The involved railroad companies include Union Pacific Railroad, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company along with Central California Traction Company.

Staff will ask the council to approve continued negotiations with the railroads.

The companies are looking at not only removing the unused tracks on East Lodi Avenue, but building a new switching line along those between Turner Road and Lockeford Street.

The city could also receive right-of-way rights along East Lodi Avenue and a new track connection between the Central California Traction line east of Highway 99 and the Kentucky House line near Victor Road will be created.

It is part of an agreement in the works with the railroad companies to allow them to find alternative routes for rail shipment when the tracks on East Lodi Avenue were deemed unusable.

Another option would be to rehabilitate the CCT tracks between Lodi and Stockton, instead of upgrading the Kentucky House line.

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