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State To Spend $10 Million On Coos Bay Rail Upgrades

OPB | July 15, 2013 12:42 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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The Coos Bay rail line is getting a boost in state funding.

Oregon lawmakers set aside  $10 million for work on the line.  It’s a key link running 134 miles between the southwestern coast and the Willamette Valley.

The Port of Coos Bay bought the line in 2009, after its previous owners abruptly shut down the service.  That left commodities stranded all over the region.

Wood products, steel and dairy feed are all shipped using the line.

The Register Guard reports that the port has already spent almost $31 million on upgrades.

The additional money from the state will go toward repairs on bridges along the line.

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