Dyer residents whose sleep has been affected by train whistles at all hours of the night are now benefiting from a “quiet zone” created through town.
The east-west tracks were formerly owned by CJ&E. When CN took over the tracks, they wanted to triple the number of trains that would run through town, said Rick Eberly, the town’s manager.
In light of that increase, Eberly said officials contacted CN about making improvements to crossings, which would allow them to create a “quiet zone,” meaning trains didn’t have to blow their whistles while going through.
The Dyer “quiet zone” crossings are similar to a crossing on White Oak Ave. in Munster and on 213th Street in Schererville.
Improvements included putting extra signage up, warning people there would be no whistles. Improvements were also made to medians, with medians on Hart Street and Lake Street being significantly raised to make them more visible, with extra striping added.
“Both crossings have gates, and the new, raised medians should help people from going around the gates,” he said.
At a Lynwood crossing, large poles -- called delineators -- were added to a median to prohibit cars from driving around gates.
“It was a project long in the making, but we shouldn’t be hearing the whistles anymore,” Eberly said. “People shouldn’t be awakened at 4 a.m. like they used to be. You’ll still feel the train going through, but it should be much quieter.”
The improvements were finished near the beginning of August, and trains were expected to stop using their whistles about mid-month.
“You won’t hear a train whistle in dyer,” Eberly said. “The line will be quiet for a couple of miles, now.”