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Railroad crossing case gets final court hearing goes to (final) court


March 18, 2020

Attorneys for Albany and Eastern Railroad and residents of Country Lane argued Thursday morning, March 12, before the Oregon Supreme Court whether the railroad crossing at Country Lane was what is considered a “common road.”

After purchasing land under the rail line in 2012, the railroad moved to charge property owners along the line, on the east side of Highway 20 northwest of Sweet Home, permit and maintenance fees. This came after decades during the previous railroad owners did not charge residents.

Country Lane residents refused to pay and Albany and Eastern sued them in court....

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