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June 30, 2013

Acworth looks to silence railroad crossings

City leaders in Acworth say they’re considering silencing its railroad crossings within the next two years.

The Marietta Daily Journal  reported that city officials will spend the next six to seven months determining how to best approach the project.

Mayor Tommy Allegood says it will likely cost about $1.2 million to silence each of the city’s five crossings. Officials say the conversions would be paid for in part by federal grants and with tax revenue.

Railroad officials say city leaders have discussed the project with them, but haven’t filed a letter of intent to create the quiet zones.

City officials say work on the railroad crossings is expected to begin next summer and end by early 2015.

Acworth is about 35 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.

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