Quiet zone request made for County Road 19

The Scotts Bluff County Commissioners Monday have agreed to ask the city of Scottsbluff if the county can "piggy-back" on the city's quiet zone designation so the crossing on County road 19 is included. George Melloh of Scottsbluff, who recently moved into a residential development west of Scottsbluff that includes 41 homes, made the request, asking only that the horns not blow from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m, the prime sleeping hours.

Commission Chair Mark Masterton cautioned while the county can make the request, his initial conversations with City Manager Rick Kuckkahn indicate the chances are remote the effort will be successful. Masterton said Kuckkahn told him the city spent eight years working with Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad and state and federal government officials before getting the designation. Masterton said the request also comes with a price tag, including the cost to put in islands in the middle of the crossing to keep motorists from going around the gate arms.

The County Road 19 crossing does have lights and cross arms, a prerequisite to gain the quiet zone designation.

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