- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Transportation Board will not reopen a disputed railroad crossing, but will fine the company that acted unilaterally to close it down over residents’ objections.

Washington County Railroad Company must also reach a settlement with resident John Roback for his loss of property rights incurred by closing the crossing. The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/2fE6Soo ) the state transportation board did rule in August that the old crossing, which dates back to 1911, should be closed.

The board also noted that Washington County Railroad Company made no attempts to reach agreements with local property owners before closing the crossing. The company will be fined $500 for its acting unilaterally.

Within 60 days, the railroad must consult the residents and create a closure plan.

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