LANSING — Residents should have easier sleep and less noise pollution as the village moves toward railroad quiet zones early next year.
Village Engineer Jeff Pintar, of Robinson Engineering, updated the Board of Trustees on the progress of the quiet zone project at Tuesday’s meeting.
Train horns are considered a safety measure, Pintar said in August. So, for the village to establish zones where those horns can’t sound, state regulators require supplemental safety features at railroad crossings.
The safety measures in Lansing will include flexible, permanent posts that prevent drivers from going around gates.
Pintar said the plan is to buy the posts in the next few weeks and install them in early December. The village will ask the Illinois Railroad Administration, the Illinois Commerce Commission and others to inspect the crossings after that.
Then CSX Railroad will need to sign off, which Pintar said would be the possible delay.
“The best case scenario, I would say mid-January (for the quiet zones to be established),” Pintar said. “The railroad is still a wild card in this. We’ve sent numerous correspondence, emails to the railroad without response. There are certain obligations from the railroad that we just haven’t gotten a full response as to whether they’ve been completed or not.”
Pintar said he told the railroad in his last email to them that the village would be operating under the assumption that “everything was fine.”
All seven CSX Railroad crossings within Lansing will be part of the quiet zone. CSX tracks cross Volbrecht Road, Thornton-Lansing Road, Ridge Road, Torrence Avenue, 186th Street, Burnham Avenue and Wentworth Avenue. All but Volbrecht and Wentworth will get the flexible posts.
The project will cost the village $44,732.64. The posts are sold by Cloverleaf Corp. The village budgeted $74,000 for the quiet zone improvements during the current fiscal year.
Included in that cost are additional parts to repair damaged posts, which Village Administrator Dan Podgorski said was inevitable.
The board will take an official vote on the purchase at the Nov. 21 meeting.
Pintar said the village will also construct a right-in, right-out of a driveway on Torrence Avenue that will be needed to make the necessary improvements to that crossing. J&J Newell Concrete will do that work as part of Lansing’s concrete restoration program already underway. It will be paid for with the remaining funds budgeted for railroad improvements.