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Council to decide on closing two railroad crossings in Mason City

4th Street SW rail crossing
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MASON CITY – The notion of a “quiet zone” in Mason City is advancing, as the city council plans to decide soon on the closing of two railroad crossings in town.

Public notice was given this week that the Mason City council will meet and hold a public hearing on August 22, 2017 in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library, on the proposed closure and vacation of railroad crossings and public right-of-ways on 4th Street S.W. and 9th Street N.W.

The portion of 4th Street Southwest that is within the Railroad right-of-way lying between South Jackson Avenue and South Monroe Avenue. The established width of 4th Street Southwest is 66 feet.

9th Street NW rail crossing
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The portion of 9th Street Northwest that is within the Railroad right-of-way lying between North Jackson and North Monroe Avenue. The established width of 9th Street Northwest is 66 feet.

Also, there is work planned on 6th Street SW rail crossing between Jackson Avenue and Monroe Avenue.

Quiet zones have been a long-time goal of councilman Travis Hickey, who won’t be seeking a third term on the council in this fall’s elections.

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