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Bismarck Looking to Implement Quiet Zones

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A lot of things have changed in the Bismarck area...

one of those being the increase in rail traffic and safety.

Now the city is looking at implementing a quiet zone along the railway from 3rd to 12th street.

A quiet zone is a section of railroad where train horns are not routinely sounded.

By removing the horns, the level of risk goes up so the task is to install supplementary safety improvements.

Bismarck is looking at adding four quadrant gates to each of the three crossings.

Andrew Mielke of the SRF Consulting Group says this change would be beneficial because it will also increase the quality of life for residents and businesses near the tracks.

"Each train that comes through sounds its horn four times per crossing. So just in the three crossings here in the downtown area, four times for every train that's 12. You got 21 trains going through, you know, you're upwards of 240 horn blasts per day. And so if you can gain the safety improvements, increase the safety, increase the quality of life, and still do it within budget, I think that's something the city is interested in looking at," says Andrew Mielke, Principal, SRF Consulting Group Inc.

The city will first need to approve the agreement with the railroad but the project would likely be completed by September of 2015.

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