SCHERERVILLE | After about four years of work, two Canadian National railroad crossings will receive quiet zone designations.
When the designations become official, engineers won't activate train horns when approaching two at-grade crossings on Kennedy Avenue south of Main Street and 213th Street near Eagle Ridge Drive. Both of the crossings are in residential areas.
In preparation for the quiet zones, delineators recently were installed near the crossings, Town Councilman Tom Schmitt said. The delineators are posts that serve as a vertical barrier and prevent motorists from driving around railroad gates.
The delineators start about 100 feet away from the crossings, Schmitt said.
Town Manager Bob Volkmann said the design engineer is completing a final inspection of the project.
Town officials will file a notice of establishment with Canadian National after the inspection is completed and approved.
When the entire process is finished, the crossings should become quiet by June 5, Volkmann said.
Town Council President Rob Guetzloff said there have been longer trains and more train activity in Schererville after Canadian National acquired the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway.
Guetzloff said the quiet designations won't reduce the noise made by regular train movement, but at least residents won't have to hear the train horns.
He said there are some instances in which an engineer could activate a train horn in a quiet zone. Among those occasions is when an engineer feels there is a dangerous situation.