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June 14, 2018 12:05 PM

Rapid City Considers Railroad Quiet Zone

Rapid City, SD

Rapid City officials are considering spending more than $4 million to create a railroad quiet zone downtown.

The City Council will discuss several options Monday to reduce noise from train horns at railroad crossings.

The city's cheapest option would cost about $1.7 million to limit the quiet zone to the central downtown area, including only four crossings between two streets. The most expensive proposal costs $4.4 million for improvements that most effectively reduce safety risks at crossings, such as a directional horn system.

City Planner Kip Harrington says the central downtown-only option is shortsighted and could hinder residential development east of a major downtown street.

A city task force will meet next week to discuss funding for the project.

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