I was aware that at one time of the wye that existed off the Coldwater / McGrew Yard (I think it was classified as a wye). When 475 came to be, there wasn't really a need for an additional MDOT bridge over a the wye, with all of the grade crossings removed between McGrew and Buick City complex (or soon to be removed, Stewart was bridged sometime later, I believe). Freight could be dropped off at the yard and backed into wherever it needed to go. That's my guess, you surely would know the details there. And, if an switcher engine needed to turn, it'd do so at the turn-around at the now Conrad Yelvington aggregate yard...just my thoughts.
If the COF Water Plant spur you are referring to IS the the wye that I'm referring to...remnants of this are difficult to locate today, as much of the land in the vicinity of the expressway has been completely terraformed. I do know that the wye showed up on some road maps years later, although it'd been gone for several years.
In Clio, I knew there were a handful of shippers at one time. The grain elevator, I'm sure there was one at one time, is long gone. The lumber yard, if it's the same one, has relocated out past Linden Road in Vienna Township. I do recall, when I was younger, the bypass was still in place thru Clio, though was rusted over. I'd guess this was pulled in the late 90's.
Perhaps LSRC can drum up some lost business. I have the Birch Run elevator in mind, but then again, I may be just dreaming. If they were to pick up CSX to Plymouth, then I'd like to think they could go for some lost scrap yards and other business down the Dort Hwy corridor. Now that's a post for another time!
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