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Round Rock's Railroad Quite Zones Could Come With A Steep Price Tag

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

Residents in Round Rock are furious over a plan to close down a railroad crossing in their neighborhood. The Crossing is located at St. Williams and McNeil Drive. The closure is part of a plan to convert the entire city of Round Rock into a quiet zone. This means train conductors will not be required to honk their horns at crossings throughout the city.

In order to make the area a quiet zone several crossings need to be upgraded or closed to make sure the area is safe for pedestrians.  Under the plan, nine crossings will be upgraded and the crossing at St. Williams will be closed.

The City of Round Rock has received about 500 complaints regarding the proposed closure from concerned residents in the Chisholm Valley neighborhood. Some residents that have lived in the area more than forty years think it’s a bad idea because drivers will have to drive farther to get to the main road.

David Hudder, the Director of Transportation for Round Rock, says there is another option but it’s expensive. Round Rock could keep it open if they make major upgrades that would cost as much as $1.3 million. That would nearly double the cost of the entire quiet zone project.

Hudder says he understands the concern of the citizen, but says it’s a lot of money for just one crossing. “We’re talking about doubling the cost of the project for just that one location. It gets a little challenging for me as a staff member to be able to recommend to council that we need to spend that money in that way.”

Hudder will make a presentation regarding the issue to Round Rock City Council members on Oct. 25.

By Lydia PantazesRound Rock's Railroad Quite Zones Could Come With A Steep Price Tag


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