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Railroad ties along the proposed bike path next to Route 28 will soon be taken to a wood-chipping facility. (ADAM SWIFT

Stack of railroad ties finally headed out of Salem


SALEM — For the past several months, it has been one of the parting shots at many selectmen’s meetings.

As a huge stacks of railroad ties site along Route 28, one selectmen, usually Stephen Campbell, asks when the railroad ties will be removed from the area.

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It looks like the issue should soon be moot, however, as Selectman Pat Hargreaves said the railroad ties should be removed and transported to a wood-chipping facility by the time the board meets again on Monday, Nov. 18.
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Since late summer, the Iron Horse Preservation Society, a railway preservation group based in Nashua, has been working to remove the 19th-century railroad ties to help clear the way for a paved bicycle and pedestrian path.
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Campbell has been critical of the unattractive pile of railroad ties along the path.

The 5.1-mile rail trail has been in the works for over a decade and is expected to be completed by next fall.

When it is finished, it will be part of a 115-mile Granite State Rail Trail that will extend from northern Massachusetts to close to the Vermont state line.
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The Friends of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor are raising nearly $170,000 for the path. The money will help it qualify for federal grants.

Hargreaves said he has spoken to David Topham, co-chair of the group, about the railroad tie issue. Hargreaves said there was an issue with finding a facility where the railroad ties could be disposed of properly.
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Now that a facility has been identified, Hargreaves said the ties should be removed within two weeks.
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