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City meets for third time about quiet zone

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SIKESTON -- A consultant will need to visit railroad crossing sites in Sikeston before the city's cost to establish a quiet zone for train whistles can be estimated.

City officials met with Rick Mooney, president of Mooney Consulting in Jefferson City, Don R. Schwartze, senior railroad safety specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, and Don Ransom, business development manager for Missouri Department of Economic Development Business and Community Services, during a special meeting Tuesday.

John Chittenden, president of Waters Engineering in Sikeston, noted this is the third meeting on the subject held since the city began "contemplating" establishing a quiet zone. The first was held in March 2008 and the second on Nov. 3, 2009, he recalled.

"The city is interested in what the cost is and what the process is," Chittenden said.

A quiet zone is a section of track where the Federal Railroad Administration does not require trains to sound their horns.

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