Montgomery looks at railroad quiet zone
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media October 15, 2013 11:08AM
Updated: November 17, 2013 6:16AM
Residents in the village of Montgomery want a little more peace and quiet in their neighborhoods, at least when it comes to train horns.
The Village Board will study the issue during upcoming meetings. If a study of the issue is approved by trustees, funding would then become part of the 2015 budget.
The creation of a quiet zone would not end the sounding of a horn when a train is crossing through a neighborhood, but would shorten the length of the warning while at the same time constructing various safety apparatus at certain streets that go across the railroad tracks.
The current area proposed for the study is the area around Watkins Crossing.
“We cannot consider the project until the completion of the crossing, scheduled in August 2014,” said Mike Pubentz, director of public works.
If approved, that would require the village to undertake a feasibility study to determine the final costs to construct any needed improvements required to establish the quiet zone.
Pubentz said actual costs can’t be determined until the study is undertaken. He explained crossings that are declared as official quiet zones require the standard gates as well as methods to deter drivers from weaving between the openings at a crossing.
He said a center median can be constructed or a delineator, described as plastic stakes that are placed on the tracks, can be installed.
If approved by the village, trains that come through the area would have to cease routine sounding of their horns when approaching the crossing. Train horns can still be utilized in emergency situations.