Transforming Rails to Trails

There are many considerations that a municipality, park service or developer needs to deal with before construction begins to transform obsolete railroad beds into recreation trails, according to Jerry Rachel, Vice President of Rachel Contracting in Minneapolis. His firm recently built two green trails in the Twin Cities area using recycled materials. The most basic first step, he said, is to secure the right-of-way for the railroad bed itself, which is a job for the attorneys. If rails and ties …

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