Kilgore explores creating quiet zones

Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:26 - Written by

(MCT) -- Kilgore City Council is exploring creating a downtown quiet zone that would mute the signals of passing trains.

However, there are concerns about the costs of installing the infrastructure for the crossings that must be in place when conductors don't blow a warning whistle.

In a deal between the city and Union Pacific, the City of Kilgore will reimburse the railroad company for conducting preliminary engineering services, developing cost estimates and reviewing preliminary layouts for quiet zone crossings.

Activities in the Main Street District are interrupted by the blasts of passing trains.

UP's engineers and others will study the various crossings that would be encompassed in the quiet zone and develop a safety score to determine whether the proposal is feasible in Kilgore.