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By Lisa Call, Forum Communications Co., Published January 07 2010

Medora planning ‘quiet zone’

MEDORA, N.D. – City officials here voted Tuesday to accept bids on constructing a railroad “quiet zone,” which would make this tourist town the third North Dakota city banning railroad noise.

Medora Mayor Doug Ellison has said the biggest complaint he receives from visitors is about train noise, adding it is “annoying to locals, of course.”

In an attempt to decrease train horn usage in city limits, quiet zones use several methods to warn people of an oncoming train, including a constant warning, gates and flashing lights.

Mandan and Fargo currently have the state’s only quiet zones.

Medora plans to change two of its crossings to quiet-zone crossings, with an initial cost estimate of $125,000.The city is slated to pay only about $5,600 because state funding will cover a majority of the cost.

City officials hope to start construction by late March.

Lisa Call is a reporter at The Dickinson (N.D.) Press, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.