The Town of Windsor completed the final steps in the Quiet Zone certification process, and at 12:01 a.m. December 27, the Quiet Zone will go into effect.
Windsor’s designation as a Quiet Zone will eliminate train horns in town, except in emergency situations.
“The Federal Railroad Administration requires trains to sound their horns for 15-20 seconds before reaching a crossing to warn the public,” said Desa Blair, Quiet Zone project engineer. “With 14 total crossings, the train horns created noise issues across town.”
To achieve a Quiet Zone designation, the town worked through an extensive certification process that included safety upgrades at 13 crossings.
“In order for the trains to silence their horns — a safety warning — other safety measures had to put in place,” said Blair. “We upgraded 13 crossings with crossing gates, flashing lights and medians, as needed, to provide safeguards for pedestrians and motorists.”
The Town of Windsor received a $3.3 million TIGER V federal grant to complete the project.
“Achieving the Quiet Zone designation will improve daily life in our community,” said Blair. “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.”
For more information, visit the Quiet Zone project page.