COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - News this week from Cochise County includes 'quiet zones' and ballot reminders.
Cochise County has successfully applied to upgrade a railroad crossing in the rural community of Bowie to help accommodate the implementation of a quiet zone.
Following complaints from residents about the noise from the 40 trains using the crossing at Central Avenue on a daily basis, the County agreed to address the issue.
The crossing will now be designated a Federal Railroad Administration quiet zone after the County's Highways & Floodplain Department completes its road upgrades.
A quiet zone means approaching trains will not give a warning sound, unless deemed absolutely necessary by the engineer.
On behalf of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the County sought and won approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission to install raised medians at both approaches to the crossing, as part of a supplemental safety measure.
The two 100-foot medians are designed to deter traffic from driving across the railroad when the crossing guards are down and to keep vehicles within their lane. An average of 480 vehicles cross per day.
Construction work is expected to begin this month and will cost an estimated $35,000.
Independent voters registered on the Permanent Early Voting List are reminded they must choose a party ballot to be able to vote in the upcoming primary election.
Eligible residents should have received a notice from the Cochise County Recorder's Office telling them they are not registered with a political party and will not receive a ballot unless they respond.
Voters are asked to return their notice, indicating whether they would like a Republican, Democrat, or Green Party ballot, for the August 28 primary election.
Citizens can also use the notice to cancel mailing of early ballots, to change their mailing address or update their residence.
Anyone who signs up to be on the Permanent Early Voting List will receive early ballots for all future elections they are eligible to vote in. It also allows voters to complete and return their ballot from the convenience of their own home.
To sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List, or for more information, call the Cochise County Recorder's Office at (520) 432 8350.