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Quiet Zone approved for Bensenville railroad

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:36 p.m. CDT

BENSENVILLE – Residents along the Milwaukee District West Metra Line in Bensenville will finally see relief from mandatory horn activation at crossings in the village.

On July 8, Bensenville received Federal Railroad Administration approval for a Quiet Zone along the freight and commuter rail line, according to a village news release.

To qualify for the Quiet Zone, Bensenville will be required to construct certain safety improvements at the Church Road, Addison Street and Center Street crossings.

These improvements include driveway closures and the installation of barrier curbs and flexible delineators to safely channel traffic at intersections.

Also included is a way-side horn at the York Road crossing to provide audible warning of oncoming trains, the release stated.

In May 2013, residents and businesses in the downtown area were invited to see and listen to a demonstration of what the horn would sound like before the village moved forward with this approach, according to the release.

Bensenville budgeted $325,000 for Quiet Zone improvements in the 2014 Community Investment Program. Work will begin this summer and will be completed in the fall, the release stated.

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