Railroad quiet zones become effective in Schererville

2013-07-08T19:15:00Z 2013-07-09T00:01:08Z Railroad quiet zones become effective in ScherervilleChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | Two Canadian National railroad crossings in Schererville should soon become less noisy.

The at-grade crossings on Kennedy Avenue south of Main Street and 213th Street near Eagle Ridge Drive received quiet zone designations Monday, according to town and railroad officials.

With the designations, engineers won't activate train horns when approaching the crossings, both of which are in residential areas.

The town has been seeking the quiet zone designations for about four years.

Before the crossings became quiet zones, Schererville was required to install delineators near the crossings. The delineators are posts that serve as a vertical barrier and prevent motorists from driving around railroad gates.

Patrick Waldron, public affairs manager with Canadian National, said Schererville filed a notice of establishment for the two quiet zones June 12.

"The quiet zone at those two streets is completed and now established," Waldron said.

Town Manager Bob Volkmann said Schererville uncovered signs about the quiet zones Monday morning.

Although the quiet designations will limit noise made by train horns, they won't reduce the noise made by regular train movement.

Town officials have 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 thinks there could be a dangerous situation.

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