DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Train speeds will increase through Devils Lake under a deal between the city and BNSF Railway that also calls for safety upgrades.

The railroad last summer informed the city that it planned to double the current 30 mph limit on a nearly mile-and-a-half-long section of upgraded track that is rated for 60 mph, beginning in August.

The railroad after meeting with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven agreed to delay the plan and have further discussions with city leaders.

KZZY radio reports that the City Commission voted Monday to allow for an increase in train speeds in stages over the next few months, beginning with an increase to 45 mph on Wednesday. In exchange, the railroad will make safety improvements including fencing along part of the track, and pedestrian crossing gates.

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