Wind­sor es­tab­lishes quiet zone

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Gree­ley Tri­bune

wind­sor»Af­ter more than a year of work, the trains will fi­nally be quiet when trav­el­ing through Wind­sor.

Town of­fi­cials started the process to form a quiet zone in Septem­ber 2015 and af­ter com­plet­ing the fi­nal steps in the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, the quiet zone goes into ef­fect at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 27. That means trains rolling through town won’t blow their horns, ex­cept in an emer­gency.

With a Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quire­ment for trains to sound their horns for 15-20 sec­onds be­fore reach­ing cross­ings as a warn­ing and 14 cross­ings in town, the trains cre­ated a lot of noise, said Desa Blair, the quiet zone pro­ject en­gi­neer.

About six years ago, town staff and of­fi­cials started re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about the noise. The is­sue grew as of­fi­cials got more com­plaints with in­creas­ing fre­quency and in­ten­sity. “The town was get­ting calls on a pretty reg­u­lar ba­sis, so we started look­ing for so­lu­tions,” Wind­sor Mayor Kristie Me­len­dez said.

To achieve a quiet zone des­ig­na­tion, the town worked through an ex­ten­sive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process that in­cluded safety up­grades at 13 cross­ings. Wind­sor re­ceived a $3.3 mil­lion fed­eral grant to com­plete the pro­ject. “Achiev­ing the quiet zone des­ig­na­tion will im­prove daily life in our com­mu­nity,” Blair said. “It was a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment for the town to not only be among a few, se­lect quiet zone ar­eas in the state, but also to re­ceive mil­lions of dol­lars in fed­eral funds to com­plete the pro­ject.”

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