Shawnee, BNSF enter agreement to close train crossing and silence horns

The city completed one of the final steps in silencing a train crossing that has caused headaches for several western Shawnee residents.

BNSF, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the city of Shawnee have agreed to close a 59th Street railway crossing just east of Woodland Road. The crossing provided access to a private property and was only used five times per week, according to the city. That property owner sold two plots of land around the crossing to the city for $250,000 last month — which allows the city to control the public crossing. The city also purchased a plot of land just north of the crossing for $200,000 to address another railroad crossing.

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