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Announcement regarding Scottsbluff Quiet Zone slated for today

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After years of waiting, things in Scottsbluff could get a lot quieter.

Assistant City Manager Nathan Johnson says that Mayor Randy Meininger will make an announcement to the media this afternoon regarding the Scottsbluff Quiet Zone.

Under the Quiet Zone, Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains would not blare their horns as they roll through town. Rather, signals at each of the city's six crossings would serve to alert traffic about the oncoming train.

The city's quiet zone was supposed to take effect on June 4th but the project has been put on - hold because of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulation changes.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the city has been waiting on a 'special exception' from the FRA. Kuckkahn says the FRA has authorized this same exception twice before, so he doesn't anticipate a problem.

Stick with KOTA Territory News throughout the day for updates on this story.

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