The Marietta Daily Journal – Acworth plans to be first city in SE with all silent crossings

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Jun

The Marietta Daily Journal – Acworth plans to be first city in SE with all silent crossings

ACWORTH — The blaring horn of a train interrupting a tranquil afternoon may soon be a thing of the past for Acworth residents.

“We’ve got three crossings next to one another,” Mayor Tommy Allegood said. “Those train horns will blow continuously sometimes for 25 to 30 seconds.”

City leaders are looking to make Acworth the first city in the Southeast to have a completely “silent” community by making all five of the city’s railroad crossings quiet zones by CSX railroad, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Railway Administration. The five crossings are at School Street, Lemon Street, Smith Street, Acworth Industrial Avenue and New McEver Road.

“We would love it,” said Mike Fusco, co-owner and general manager of Fusco’s Via Roma, an Italian restaurant that faces the crossing on School Street.

“Any service on our front patio basically stops until the trains go by. It’s literally impossible to have a conversation out there when they are hitting the whistles,” Fusco said. “I’ve gone partially deaf by being out there when they go by. It’s such an idyllic little area with people walking the streets and enjoying everything, and all of a sudden the trains come blasting through. If it catches you by surprise, you’ll jump out of your skin. Just to add to the ambiance of downtown Acworth it would be great not to have that noise.”

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Acworth plans to be first city in S E with all silent crossings.

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