A Texas company has been hired to do a quiet zone diagnostic study in Elk River.
The Elk River City Council voted 4-0 July 1 to hire Quiet Zone Technologies of Benbrook, Texas, to conduct the study at a cost of $10,000. One other company made a proposal to do the work for $38,220.
The study will include identifying rail crossings to be included in a quiet zone, identifying treatments to be used at each location, coordinating with the city to generate the estimated costs of the proposed improvements and other tasks.
The city has been studying options to create quiet zones, where trains would not have to sound their horns at crossings, but has not yet come to a conclusion.