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Railroad Safety Corridor, Quiet Zone Discussed

Railroad Safety Corridor, Quiet Zone Discussed

A lot of discussion on the Oklahoma City Council horseshoe, Tuesday, about a proposed downtown railroad safety corridor.

It would run from Southeast 25th Street to Wilshire Boulevard, and would include a quiet zone. The plan also includes for improvements to railroad crossings.

Public Works Director Eric Wenger told the council that in the quiet zone, trains would be prevented from sounding horns at crossings bewteen Northeast 7th Street and Northeast 16th Street.

Wenger said the quite zone could be expanded to run from Southeast 25th Street to Wilshire Boulevard.

The cost of updating railroad crossings in the downtown area is estimated to cost the city about 1.3 million dollars, with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad contributing about 2.6 million dollars.

A resolution approved by the city council includes a series of meetings for public input on the railroad safety corridor and quiet zone. No dates for the meetings have been announced.

(Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger.)

 

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