- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A proposal to develop an 85-mile trail along an old railroad bed in Northwestern Oregon is gaining steam in Salem.

The old Pacific Railway and Navigation Company line linking the towns of Banks and Tillamook was devastated in a 2007 flood and never reopened. A few years later, state officials began looking to convert it into a trail for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.

The state House approved a bill Wednesday directing state agencies to work with local governments and other partners to develop a plan for constructing the trail, which would run along the railway line. It also authorizes fundraising efforts and establishes a fund to pay for the plan’s development and implementation.

The bill goes next to the Senate.

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