- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The city of Corinth wants to hear from the public on turning the railroad crossings into a quiet zone.

Dave Huwe, city director of community planning and development, said the quiet zone would apply to crossings for Norfolk Southern Railway that operates east-west freight train traffic through. He said the zone won’t affect the Kansas City Southern rail yard.

Officials told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1hBhEGA ) a hearing date will be set after conferring with state transportation and railroad officials.

Federal law requires trains to sound their horns at all public crossings, 24 hours a day, as a warning signal.

Huwe said the quiet zone would not be prevent engineers from sounding the train’s horn during an emergency or if an obstruction is seen on the rails.

Huwe says Corinth has six crossings that could be included in the quiet zone.

Huwe said the transition would cost about $74,000, part of which would be paid by Norfolk Southern.

New signage and traffic control devices would be installed, including crossing arms that extend all the way across both sides of the road to prevent vehicles from driving around them, said Huwe.

Other Mississippi cities have quiet zones under consideration.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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