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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Railroad Quiet Zone Transition Scheduled to Begin on December 15

Quiet Zone Crossing with Train

Beginning on Tuesday, December 15th, trains will transition into no longer sounding their horns at the eleven at-grade railroad crossings in Edmond.  It is anticipated that the transition could take up to a week before the train horns are fully silenced in the city limits.  However, train engineers will still have the discretion to sound horns in the event of a safety issue or emergency.

At ten of the eleven crossings, medians have been installed to prevent vehicles from driving around crossing arms in the down position.  The Coffee Creek Road crossing utilizes a wayside horn that sounds for vehicles only at that intersection.  All eleven crossings have continuous warning systems enabled for additional safety of motorists and pedestrians.

The notice to move forward with the formal implementation of the quiet zone was sent to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in late November after all involved parties (City of Edmond, BNSF Railway, FRA, Rudy Construction) met on site to inspect the project.  There is a three-week comment period for involved parties to raise an objection that will end on Tuesday, December 15th.

The project was funded entirely by the City of Edmond from the 2000 Capital Improvements Sales Tax at a cost of approximately $4 million.

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