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September 21, 2013

Train platform construction to begin

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Construction of a platform for Medina Railroad Museum excursion trains is slated to begin on Tuesday, after the Common Council on Wednesday approved a deal with a Lockport construction company to build it.

H.P. Construction Co., owned by Doug Hammond, got the job of building the platform on city-held property off Gooding Street.

According to R. Charles Bell, city director of planning and development, the company offered to do the work for $24,980, just shy of the city’s $25,000 spending limit. The city is using saved bed-tax income to finance the work.

Bell said he obtained two informal quotes for the job and the second one came in at $38,000. Interested parties had been directed to work with the Glynn Group engineering firm to come up with construction plans that would meet certain requirements, including minimal maintenance and addition of an ADA-compliant handicap access ramp, and stay within the spending limit.

Consisting of a 10-by-12-foot composite base and wooden rails, the Gooding Street platform will be used as both a turnaround and originating point for the museum’s excursion trains. Presently the turnaround point is on Michigan Street, in an industrial area.

The city’s goal is to have the platform built and ready for use by Oct. 1, since the museum plans to originate a Fall Foliage Excursion in Lockport, for the first time, on Oct. 5.

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