Altoona hoping to get the spoils of Union Pacific's expansion
Altoona (WQOW) - The city of Altoona was originally hoping to get the spoils of an expansion at the Union Pacific railroad for free.
That won’t be the case, Thursday night the council approved a bid of $100,000 for the dirt that will be excavated from the project.
The city wants to use that dirt to fill in parts of the River Prairie development to make it more developable.
City Administrator Mike Golat estimated without the dirt from Union Pacific the project would cost as much as $1 million but with the dirt it would be significantly less.
The council also approved giving the railroad a 50 foot easement for their $30 million expansion. In exchange, Union Pacific will pay for a water line to be moved which would have cost the city about $70,000.
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