Cumberland Times-News

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February 20, 2013

CSX owned the Washington Street bridge in the 1960s

In the early 1960s, I purchased an apartment house at 312, 314, 316 and 318 Washington St. The upper apartments had no access to the area below and behind the apartments for parking and other uses.

I designed concrete stairs going from the first floor at street level to the ground below. This gave access to parking in the rear of the building. The city engineering approved the plans. However, due to the landing at the top of their stairs slightly protruding at the railroad bridge property, I had to get the approval from the railroad.

They sent one of their property engineers out to review my plans to make the stairs and the landing. They found that there was no adverse effect on their bridge property. The engineer approved the plans and placement.

My question is: If they owned the bridge then, wouldn’t they own it now?

Walter C. Growden

LaVale

 

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