Train horns sound at railyardTrains begin sounding their horns routinely as early as today at the crossing along North 28th Street between Banks and Elmira avenues, according to Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman.
Trains begin sounding their horns routinely as early as today at the crossing along North 28th Street between Banks and Elmira avenues, according to Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman.
This crossing was established as a pre-rule Quiet Zone, a status that the Federal Railroad Administration allowed extended until June 24.
The city of Superior has been working with the FRA and railroad to evaluate the necessity and cost of additional safety measures at this location to continue to operate in a safe manner without routinely sounding train horns.
To allow additional time to complete that study, the city filed a waiver petition with the FRA in January to extend the June 24 deadline. The petition has been advanced for discussion by the federal agency; however, it was still not approved Monday and the train horns are required to sound until this waiver petition is approved.
Once the study as to the costs and design of any proposed safety improvements has been completed, the city will need to consider approval of funding for the construction of the improvements at this crossing. At this time, all of the other 18 quiet zones in Superior remain unaffected.
A quiet zone means a particular highway-rail crossing has adequate safety measures installed to protect the motoring public and railroad operators without need to routinely sound train horns as a precaution.