quiet zones

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council has taken another step toward silencing train horns in the city, by determining how to pay the estimated $1.35 million cost of the “quiet zone” project. With the financing nailed down, Mayor John Dietz asked during Tuesday’s City Council meeting if quiet zones would be [...]

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n Costs have risen in wake of Feb. 18 crash, but desire for quiet zones still great   by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer The city of Elk River will proceed with plans to earn “quiet zone” distinction from the Federal Railroad Administration along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line, where an estimated 60 to 70 [...]

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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 [...]

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Click here to read more about Elk River’s interest in quiet zones. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Andover is believed to be the only city in Minnesota that currently has wayside horns, according to Elk River City Engineer Justin Femrite. Wayside horns are one measure used to reduce noise from train horns. They are stationary, mounted [...]

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