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Metro Newsroom

District 1 moving forward with needed “Quiet Zone” at railroad crossings

Tuesday August 7, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact:Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – The effort to establish a “Quiet Zone” at Railroad Crossings in the Wilson Avenue and Woodland Avenue area has taken a major step forward with the announcement of $1.8 million in funding for needed improvements.

“Since I took office this project has been a major concern for residents who live in this area and deal with train whistle noise at all hours of the night,” says Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1). “This funding announcement is a major step forward in addressing this public nuisance and restoring quiet in our neighborhoods.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Norfolk Southern have agreed to appropriate $1,800,000 of SAFETEA-LU funds to install warning devices at the seven crossings in this area. With these improvements, the Risk Index along this corridor will be low enough to establish a Quite Zone across these seven crossings.

The project includes placing warning devices such as automatic gates and flashing lights and bells at these locations: 25th Street, Wilson Avenue, 28th Street, Catalpa Street, Woodland Avenue, Hale Avenue and Greenwood Avenue. It also covers road closures in the following areas: 23rd Street, Cypress Street, Olive Street and Hemlock Street

This area at one time was part of District 3 but changed to District 1when the Metro Council approved its redistricting plan in 2011 as part of the US Census.

“I began working on this project when first elected to office. We encountered many obstacles and delays over the years. The residents of this area have attended meetings and waited patiently for some movement toward the materialization of a Quiet Zone.,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) who represented the area before the change. “We are very happy that our efforts have finally brought some action. The citizens in this area deserve a Quiet Zone and relief from the train noise.”

Much of the work centers on 28th Street and Wilson Avenue/Woodland Avenue. The Federal Government has required newer crossing gates for many areas all around Metro Louisville and other cities. If not, many trains are required to blow their whistles as a way of making the crossing gates safe.

“These safety improvements are still in the early stages. We know that Metro Government must now plan for installation of these measures while at the same time review right of way and road closures but it is a step in the right direction,” says Scott. “My office will keep residents in the area updated on how this project is moving forward and we will work with Metro Public Works, the State Transportation Cabinet and Federal officials to get this project completed.”

Attica Scott (D) 1
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3