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Supreme Court rules for Country Lane neighbors in railroad crossing dispute

The Oregon Supreme Court last week ruled that the residents of Country Lane do not have to pay to cross the Albany and Eastern Railroad Company line that separates their homes from Highway 20, west of Sweet Home.

In a decision handed down Thursday, July 23, written by Justice Thomas A. Balmer, the Court overruled a state Court of Appeals ruling in 2017 that had found in favor of the railroad.

The case, which centered on whether Country Lane is considered a “common road,” was argued before Supreme Court justices Balmer, Rebecca A. Duncan, Meagan Flynn, Christopher L. Garrett, Lynn N...

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