UPDATE: These tours have been cancelled for Saturday; they may be rescheduled in the future.
By LISA SCAGLIOTTI
A Shelburne resident has made arrangements with Vermont Railway to conduct tours of the new salt transload facility this Saturday afternoon.
John King has set up presentations and tours at 1 and 3 p.m. at the site which is located just off U.S. Route 7 near Harbor Industries north of the village. The purpose, King explained in a message to the community on Front Porch Forum, was “for interested folks to review the [Vermont Railway] Salt Shed storage facility design elements & permitting.”
The meetings will include representatives of the railroad, the construction firm Wright & Morrissey, and the environmental engineering firm VHB, all of whom were involved in the development and permitting of the site.
The facility has two large buildings for road-salt storage with a total capacity of 80,000 tons. Salt arrives on rail cars, is loaded into the sheds for temporary storage and will then be moved by truck throughout the region for winter road use.
The project is the subject of a fierce dispute between the railroad and the town which opposed its development. Its future continued to be argued in federal court this week.
King thanked everyone involved in arranging for these get-togethers. “I encourage anyone interested to attend as this will be an opportunity to see firsthand the full design and scope of the project,” he explained.