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Letter: Wrong place for quiet zone

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Finally, a quiet zone! But why Willmar Avenue? In the Aug. 28 paper, city engineer Mel Odens says it would cost $1 million for all quiet zones. The quiet zone at Willmar Avenue is costing $234,000 alone. Odens suggests Willmar build a bypass for $2 million to $3 million to cut down on horns from the Marshall line that heads north. Why didn't the paper report the costs and solutions for all the crossings?

What happened to Seventh and 10th Streets Northwest? Those have the most train traffic and homes that are right next to the tracks, not to mention the highrise. The Willmar Avenue crossing is ¼ mile from the nearest home.

If the city does build a bypass for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the Willmar crossing will have less traffic, wouldn't it? Seventh and 10th Streets Northwest still would have the horn noise! Please explain to me if we can't fund the library, our schools or fix flooding, how the city will come up with another $3 million for a bypass that will do nothing to stop the train noise at Seventh and 10th Streets Northwest? I would think the city would want to spend $234,000 tax dollars the wisest way possible

Again, why Willmar Avenue?

Last time I asked about the quiet zones at a city council meeting, I was interrupted by a train horn. That horn wasn't from a train at the Willmar Avenue crossing. Are the city council and mayor that out of touch with reality?

Or are we trying to help baseball fans enjoy a quiet game while the rest of town puts up with the horns? Maybe the Jennie-O workers can enjoy a smoke outside in peace and quiet while people shopping downtown and residents on the north side who are trying to sleep or enjoy a grill-out put up with the horns. Again, are the city council and mayor that out of touch with reality?

Odens said his report was made because some council members were concerned that the quiet zone work wasn't proceeding as fast as they like. I would be very concerned too -- an election is coming.

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