A Canadian National train rumbles through the Milwaukee Avenue crossing  with its horn blaring in July. City officials recently learned their request to reinstate a train horn quiet zone in the city has been approved. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

A Canadian National train rumbles through the Milwaukee Avenue crossing with its horn blaring in July. City officials recently learned their request to reinstate a train horn quiet zone in the city has been approved. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

It may take up to three weeks for railroad to silence horns on trains passing through city

The Federal Railroad Administration has approved the City of Burlington’s request to reinstate quiet zone status at the city’s five railroad crossings.

That means, according to City Administrator Kevin Lahner, that Canadian National trains traveling through the city will cease sounding their horns within in the next 21 days.

The news is certainly welcomed by residents and business owners – especially those adjacent to the railway – who’ve endured blaring train horns for nearly three months.

The city lost the quiet zone status it held for many years in late June after officials missed a deadline to complete safety improvements at local rail crossings.

Lahner has blamed the mistake on an erroneous entry on a planning calendar, which led officials to believe the deadline was not until 2014. Since losing the quiet zone city crews have scrambled to implement safety improvements and reapply for quiet zone reinstatement.

According to a press release issued by Lahner Monday, “Under federal rules, the railroad must stop sounding their horns 21 days from when the Notice of Quiet Zone Establishment is mailed. The trains will stop by Oct. 7, 2013, and may stop prior to this date, pending approval from the Canadian National/Wisconsin Central railroad.”

Lahner said city crews have already removed the covering on rail crossing signs that warn motorists of no train horns.

For full coverage of the train horn issue, see the Sept. 19 print edition of the Burlington Standard Press.