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City of Detroit Lakes moves forward with whistle-free railroad corridor

Detroit Lakes is moving forward with the whistle-free quiet zone railroad crossings, and it's doing it with the help of SRF Consulting Group, Inc. of Minneapolis and Fargo.

The company will help determine gate timing for four-quadrant gates system. Community Development Director Larry Remmen said the city is hiring a firm to do the research and work because it is something Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Minnesota Department of Transportation don't get involved in.

For the gate timing, the company will determine how much time is needed between gates so cars don't get trapped between the quad gates when a train is coming.

The estimated cost of the firm's work will be $7,000.

As part of the Highway 10 realignment project, crossings along the BNSF rail corridor in Detroit Lakes are being designed for the whistle-free designation.