A long requested “quiet zone” for trains passing through Wellington could soon become a reality.
Village council voted April 21 to open up a 60-day window for village residents and businesses to voice their opinions on the subject.
“Whether they want to write a letter to (the Ohio Department of Transportation), or simply visit my office, the door is now open for people to let us know what they think,” said village manager Steve Pyles. “This is something that has been a long time in the making. People asking for this predates my term in this office.”
The quiet zone will only apply to CSX tracks, but cannot be put in place until the village meets a rigorous set of safety guidelines set by the Federal Railroad Administration.
Standards needing to be met include new signage, proper lighting on control buildings that indicate a power outage at crossings, a traffic and line of sight assessment at all village crossings, curb edging, and stopping drivers from going between gates before a train passes.
Pyles mentioned the crossing on Herrick Avenue as a focus point for improvement in meeting these standards.
“One thing that is really helping us out is the new Main Street underpass. We received a zero risk assessment for it from the FRA, which is the best rating they can give, Pyles said.”
Total cost for putting the quiet zone in place will be in the $250,000 range.
“At this point, CSX tracks give us the most bang for our buck in terms of the cost of putting the measure in place,” he said.
Right now, there is no discussion to extend the quiet zone to non-CSX tracks.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise CSX tracks would be the only ones subject to new “quiet zone” laws, according to village manager Steve Pyles.