Congratulations, Jamestown you are now free of those blasting train whistles as 26 coal trains roll though the city each day. I am sure some will say they miss them, but it is another step forward for future of Jamestown and its citizens.
The sound of silence, at least when it comes to train horns, was delayed Wednesday.
Enforcement of Jamestown’s quiet zone was scheduled to begin Wednesday. Instead, it was delayed because of safety concerns raised by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
If drivers and pedestrians don’t start obeying the traffic laws, Jamestown may never get a quiet zone.
“If, as this project finishes up and we put in to formally request a quiet zone from (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) — if the railroad feels that the citizens aren’t complying, we’ll have spent all that money for nothing — they won’t discontinue the horn,” said Reed Schwartzkopf, Jamestown city engineer.
The Jamestown Public Works Committee received a brief report on the status of the quiet zone project during its regular meeting Thursday.
“They’ll be working on the pedestrian mazes next,” said Reed Schwartzkopf, city engineer.
Pedestrian mazes are fences on the sidewalk that require the walker to make several turns and look in both directions down the track as they approach the railroad crossing.
Construction on the Jamestown quiet zone is on track for completion by its planned date of Oct. 15, according to a report by Reed Schwartzkopf, Jamestown city engineer, during the the City Public Works Committee.
Beginning this weekend, the 100-decibel blasts that signal the arrival of a train at an intersection will be far and few between.
The concrete medians that workers have been building downtown, on North 42nd Street and south of the Congressional neighborhood will begin doing their jobs, which is to ensure the crossings meet federal safety standards allowing for quiet zones.
By Tu-Uyen Tran, Forum Communications Co.
, August 17, 2011
The Third Street Southeast railroad crossing will close this evening and stay closed all day Wednesday to allow for median construction for the downtown quiet zone, according to Interstate Engineering.
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