Some residents in a Shawnee neighborhood have been complaining for 10 years about noisy trains that honk their horns at a train crossing almost every 15 minutes, day and night.
Their perseverance is about to pay off.
Shawnee city leaders gained permission from the National Railway Administration to turn the busy railroad crossing into a quiet zone.
Shawnee will spend approximately $500,000 to upgrade the crossing with lights, gates, and medians so the train engineers will not have to sound the loud horns.
The changes will mean that neighbors in the area of 73rd and Martindale will not have to suffer through the loud train horns once the changes are complete.
The train engineers will have to sound bells at the train crossing, but the bells are much quieter. Shawnee city leaders told 41 Action News they should not bother nearby neighbors.
Cynthia Newsome can be reached at Cynthia.Newsome@kshb.com.