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Train whistles cause Rathdrum intersection blues

RATHDRUM, Idaho (AP) - When Rathdrum residents hear that whistle blowing, they hang their heads and cry. But members of the city council are working on the noise problem on Mill Street, the city's lone at-grade railroad crossing where trains still blow their whistles up to 10 times daily to warn drivers of their approach.

Council members just approved pursuing a pact with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to construct a 6-inch center median at a cost of some $40,000. Such a median, which still needs to get railway approval, would mean trains could quit sounding a warning whistle.

Kevin Jump, the city's engineer, says the blaring noise has given nearby residents the Rathdrum intersection blues. Eventually, the intersection could be replaced with a bridge, but that project hasn't moved much further down the line recently.

 

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