CSX Transportation engineers have been snapping pictures and compiling field notes on how to create a $225,000 “quiet zone” in Wellington.
Now they’re readying the final recommendations to village council, including a median divider to keep drivers from going between crossing gates on West Herrick Avenue.
“That would cover both approaches to the railroad on Herrick,” said village manager Steve Dupee, who met with engineers in February. “It could also include curbing improvements to the Wellington Party Center as well as the property on the northwest side of the tracks.”
The quiet zone would apply to tracks owned by CSX, which must design three Wellington crossings to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
No funds have been set aside in Wellington’s 2017 budget for the project. But the village does need to raise new signage, proper lighting on control buildings that indicate a power outage at crossings, a traffic and line-of-sight assessment, curb edging, and measures to stop drivers from going between gates before a train passes.
Wellington is responsible for all costs associated with the quiet zone, which could be paid with funds leftover from the Rt. 58 underpass project.
“Those funds are being held in escrow,” Dupee said. “It is right around $250,000. Right now, there’s no timeline for when the project could begin or how long it would take.”
The evaluation from CSX is expected to be completed by June.
“We’ll present the project cost and determine if it’s something we can accomplish in 2017 or if we’ll seek to do it in 2018,” said Dupee.
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