State Highways and State Highway Fund
Agreements with railroad companies for snow removal
(1)The Department of Transportation may enter into agreements with a railroad company for the removal of snow from highway and railroad whenever a state highway is in close proximity to a railroad track and by reason thereof and in order to remove from the highway snow and ice which has blocked or threatens to block the highway to traffic it becomes necessary to cast such snow and ice upon the railroad tracks, thereby impairing or interfering with train movement and tending to block train operations. The agreement may be made during or in anticipation of any such contingency, shall be in writing and shall fix the terms and conditions under which and the extent to and manner in which the state may, in removing the snow and ice from the highway, cast it upon the railroad tracks.
(2)The department may procure or cause to be executed by a corporation authorized to do such business in the state, a liability policy of insurance, an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution, as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act), or an undertaking running in favor of the state, the department, the railroad company and their officers and such employees of such parties as the contracting parties may designate.
(3)The insurance, letter of credit or undertaking:
(a)Shall be acceptable to the contracting parties.
(b)Shall in any event indemnify, protect and hold harmless the railroad company, its officers and employees designated, the state, the department, its officers and employees designated, from all claims for damage occasioned by or in connection with the removal of snow from the highway and the casting of the snow upon the railroad tracks.
(c)May, if so provided, reimburse either or both of the contracting parties for loss, cost and expense incurred in connection with or resulting from such work.
(4)The department may pay out of the highway fund the premium for the insurance or for the fee for the letter of credit and the cost and expense incurred or sustained by the railroad company and the state incident to the snow removal. [Amended by 1953 c.252 §2; 1991 c.331 §58; 1997 c.631 §466]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Use and distribution of State Highway Fund, (1975) Vol 37, p 599