People who live near Rapid City train tracks are not happy

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Some Rapid City residents think train horns make too much noise in the middle of the night, and the city is trying to find solutions to this dilemma.

On Wednesday the Public Works committee approved the first draft of a Railroad Quiet Zone Draft Report.

The study looks at the feasibility of establishing a railroad quiet zone throughout downtown Rapid City.

The city says they've received several complaints from downtown residents saying they're frequently woken up in the middle of the night because of the train's loud horn, and downtown hotels say their guests have the same problem.

The report suggests installing four-quadrant gates and wayside horns at several intersections.

"The horn is mounted at the crossing itself and the train doesn't blow the train horn. The wayside horn is signaled when the train comes up to that crossing and it tends to be a more focused part of sound that just goes down the street, not throughout the general area," Kip Harrington said, long range planner, city of Rapid City.

Harrington is scheduled to present the draft report at next Monday's City Council meeting.

If it's approved, community development will present a final report in another month or so.