Time is running short to keep two communities free of a train horn
Time is running short to keep the communities of Clifton and Crescent Hill free of a train horn. The areas could lose their quiet zones unless the federal government gives the city an extension.
Without repairs like this and others the train horn would return by late June. The city says it has a solution but wants the public's input before moving forward. Critics say the public should have been consulted earlier when time was not running out.
Lisa Worley, Clifton resident says, "I think it will be good. It's a dangerous intersection and they have to do something about it."
The roving bobcats and cranes are a signal change is underway at the Frankfort Avenue rail crossing.
Change in the name of safety. A change that will keep two neighborhoods free of hearing a train horn more than 30 times a day.
Lisa Worley house sits right next to the tracks. She has seen cars go around the crossing gate in an effort to beat the train.
Double yellow lines will eventually be replaced by a 6-inch concrete median. That will prevent people from trying to go around and beat the train. It costs less than the original plan and it keeps this area quiet, free of a train horn.
Tina Ward-Pugh, council member says, "We're looking at a solution here that could be less than $50,000 and the administration and I am committed to finding that money to keep this quiet zone in place."
The federal railroad administration along with CSX had threatened to have trains sound their horns unless new federal safety standards were met.
The city's solution will mean a median will be installed at Frankfort Avenue, crossings at Franck and Claremont will be closed and crossing arms will be installed at Blackburn.
Linda Wilhelms, Crescent Hill resident says, "I'm absolutely okay with closing the street. I think it will add an element of safety."
Linda Wilhelms says her neighbors are split over closing Claremont. Some fear a gated emergency access road isn't wide enough for fire trucks or ambulances.
The city wants those living in Clifton and Crescent Hill to agree to these changes before the city files for an extension with the federal government.
Ward-Pugh, says, "The goal is and we think it's accomplishable is to have the horns in perpetuity forever."
A meeting on this issue was supposed to happen last week. Now, the city is hoping to reschedule the open house for the first week of June.