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New Lenox looks to establish rail quiet zones

Updated: August 31, 2014 6:37AM



New Lenox is taking measures to add more railroad quiet zones in the village.

Trustees have approved a $15,000 contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering to do a feasibility study on establishing quiet zones, areas where trains cannot sound their horns, near crossings on Metra’s Rock Island and SouthWest Service commuter lines.

The study will prepare preliminary cost estimates for adding safety measures at the crossings that would prevent vehicles from going around lowered gates and qualify the crossings for inclusion within a quiet zone, according to the Burke proposal.

The areas impacted by the SouthWest Service Line include the crossings at Joliet Highway, Illinois Highway at Spencer Road, Laraway Road, Delaney Road, Cedar Road, a private crossing and Baker Road.

Crossings for the Rock Island line include a private crossing, New Lenox Pedway, Cedar Road, Vine Street, Old Hickory Road and Gougar Road.

The Burke study will get the village “to the point where we know what we have to do out there,” village engineer Will Nash said.

New Lenox Township and Will County also have jurisdiction over some of the crossings, so they and New Lenox will be involved with the Federal Railroad Administration, which must approve the quiet zones, Nash said.

“Toward the end of the fall, we should know what needs to happen,” he said.



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