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No more horns!

POSTED: Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:08pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:03am

KILGORE-One East Texas city wants to get rid of warning sounds coming from passing trains. But it's going to take some work and some money to make it happen.

Blaring horns from trains have been apart of the noise pollution in Kilgore for as long as many people who live there can remember. But that all could soon change if city officials decide to make the entire city a quiet zone.

"That means from the time the train comes inside the city limits of Kilgore until it gets out of the city limits it does not blow its whistle," Kilgore city manager Jeff Howell said.

Officials say creating a quiet zone could take several months because of all the steps that have to be approved by the Federal Railroad Administration. In order to be approved, officials say Kilgore would be required to add additional safety measures which include medians and improved railroad crossings.

Though the plan is still in the very early stages, Howell said it's the price tag that will make or break this proposal.

But for now it looks like the citizens of Kilgore will continue to hear those horns.

For the past year Longview has been pursuing a quiet zone in its Downtown area. And if approved, officials say Longview would be the 15th city in Texas and the first city in East Texas with a quiet zone.

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