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Washburn Avenue Quiet Zone Receives FRA Approval

Wednesday May 23, 2012

City of St. Matthews, City of Lyndon & Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
574-1204 / 645-1752
LOUISVILLE, KY: St. Matthews Mayor Bernie Bowling, Lyndon Mayor Susan Barto and Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7), are happy to announce the approval of the Washburn Avenue Quiet Zone.  The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved the application allowing for a Quiet Zone which will lead to the end of loud train whistles at this crossing. 

"The approval of the Washburn Avenue Quiet Zone ensures that a majority of our residents living near railroad crossings from Chenoweth lane to Washburn Avenue will not be subjected to the loud noise of the train whistles." - Bernie Bowling, Mayor, City of St. Matthews
The three cities, along with CSX will coordinate the installation of new barrier medians on both sides of the crossing, road improvements and upgrades to the signal and communication equipment.   The final cost of the Quiet Zone is expected to be approximately $100,000, with funding coming from the cities of Lyndon and St. Matthews and from District 7. 

 "A quieter zone on Washburn Avenue means a greatly improved quality of life for many Lyndon Residents. I am thrilled with the FRA's decision and look forward to working with Louisville Metro and St. Matthews to make the quiet zone a reality." - Susan Barto, Mayor, City of Lyndon
"I want to thank the cities of St. Matthews and Lyndon and Metro Public Works for working together to ensure that residents in the Washburn Avenue area can be free of the train whistles.  This is an excellent example of suburban cities and Louisville Metro working together for all citizens. We also appreciate the efforts of Senator Mitch McConnell in streamlining the approval process.”
 - Ken Fleming, District 7 Metro Councilman

For more information on this announcement please contact, Stephen Haag at 645-1752 or via e-mail at

Ken Fleming (R) 7