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By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer

Planning to build a retaining wall or create a border for a garden?


RTA is selling enough used railroad ties to spruce up an entire neighborhood.

The agency is seeking bids on 4,500 ties which have been removed in recent years from its rapid transit tracks. Most of the 6-inch-by-8-foot ties are oak, but others are ash and maple, officials said.

The ties are 20 to 25 years old. The agency won’t vouch for their condition but interested bidders can make an appointment to see them.

At American Railroad Tie and Stone Co. Inc. in Chester Township used railroad ties sell for $10 to $20 each depending on condition, a spokesperson said. New ones are $30.

Railroad ties can either be decorative or functional. They can be used for steps, walls and walkways or to create raised flower beds or gardens.

Bids are due to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority by noon June 17. The bid form does not specify a minimum number of ties to purchase but spokesman Jerry Masek said it is expected people would buy at least 10. A bid needs to be accompanied by a certified check or money order for 10 percent of the total bid. The money is returned if the bid is unsuccessful.

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