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Railroad looking to shut down additional Central El Paso street to create ‘quiet zone’

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POSTED: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 8:33am

UPDATED: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:38pm

El Paso City Council will consider adding one more street to its list of railroad crossing closures in Central El Paso.

The City approved the permanent closure of three crossings in the Five Points area back in April of 2013.  The closures, intended to create a “quiet zone” for residents, included the crossings at Elm Street, Cedar Street, and Birch Street.

On Tuesday, City Council will consider adding Maple Street to the list, at the request of Union Pacific Railroad.

If approved, Union Pacific would pay the City $165,000 to shut down the Maple Street right-of-way and would agree to remove the current crossing signals and install permanent barriers.

City documents did not specify when the closures might take place.

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