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Road closed in Claremore for train "quiet zone"

Posted at 6:02 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 08:46:27-04

CLAREMORE -- Sixth Street in Claremore is permanently closed in an attempt to become compliant with the "quiet zones" for trains. 

The "quiet zone" would keep trains from having to sound their whistle while they passed through the city. 

Neoma Inman, owner of Hydration Station Purified Water, would prefer the train noise over the road closure.

Her business sits at the end of what is now a dead end street. 

"I don't think it is going to hurt my current business, but what I think it is going to hurt is future business, especially drive by business," Inman said. "I get a lot of drive by." 

She said the road served as a main thoroughfare for the city. 

"The school buses went by here," Inman said used Sixth Street. "The fire department, the ambulance, the wrecker service on the block over." 

Not having to listen to the train whistles constantly sounds like a relief for Victoria Brown who lives right across the tracks from Inman's business. 

"In the summer whenever we are swimming we have to make [the kids] go underwater for the whistle, because they sometimes lay on it for a minute or two at a time," Brown said. 

Both women agree they do not want another street closed. 

Inman said, as it stands, the east and west sides of the town are separated and it is a challenge to get across the tracks. 

"They've already closed Fifth Street and Seventh Street and even First Street further south," Inman said. "There are a lot of people who used this." 

Inman said she has gotten used to the noise.

Brown said having quiet would be one less hassle associated with the countless trains that roll through her backyard all day every day. 

"They don't do an only during the day and not at night," Brown said. "They do all day and all night. There is no sense in counting." 

The plan is to landscape Sixth Street where the road currently is. 


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