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Washington port seeks bids for Royal Slope Railroad trackwork


The Port of Royal Slope in Royal City, Wash., last week issued an invitation to bid for the "Royal Slope Railroad Track Maintenance Project 2013." The port will accept bids until 4 p.m. (PDT) on March 19.

The project involves maintenance on the Royal Slope Railroad, including vegetation removal on about 26 miles of track; the procurement, installation and tamping of 2,000 replacement ties and 25 switch ties; and procurement, placement and tamping of 1,300 tons of ballast. Work might also include minor track repairs necessary to facilitate the safe operation of a contractor's equipment.

The railroad was abandoned in 1998 and won't resume operations until the work is completed, port officials said in a bid notice. The project is funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

For more information on the project or to schedule a site visit, contact Cathy Potter, the port's executive director, by phone at 509-346-2317 or via email at

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