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Emery County CV Spur


Emery County considers building CV Spur railroad.

Construction of a railroad between the Castle Valley spur and a site south of Emery town is once again being considered. After PacifiCorp announced the company would cease mining at Trail Mountain, it became obvious that truck traffic would escalate on State Road 10 in alarming numbers.

In response, the Emery County Commission and economic development council decided to investigate the possibility of railroad construction between CV Spur and a site south of the small town. Several meetings have been conducted with representatives of industry, Utah Department of Transportation and the state division of economic development.

So far, the project has met with positive response. However, the commission and committees involved would like to present the idea to the public. The commission and committees have scheduled a series of public meetings hoping to give all interested parties a chance to attend. Meetings are scheduled Aug. 8, 7 p.m., at Ferron City Hall; August 9, 10 a.m., at Huntington City Hall; and Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at the Carbon County Courthouse in Price. Times have been set to accommodate shift work and the public is encouraged to attend.

The project is at the fact-finding stage, and several studies must be done before the decision to build a railroad is made. An economic impact study, a railroad feasibility study and a fatal flaw environmental analysis must be made before application for a permit is made to the surface transportation board. Once the application is made, a full environmental impact study must be completed.

The idea for rail in Emery County is not a new one. In the most recent attempt, Consolidated Coal and Denver & Rio Grande designed a rail route and applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission for permits to build in the 1980s. The attempt was not completed, but much of the information and studies are still available and may benefit the current project. Timing seems to be good for this attempt.

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