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George Avenue Temporarily Closing on 4/21 & 4/22 for Quiet Zone Improvements 🛠️

Quiet Zone Update:  George Avenue is closing on 4/21 and 4/22 for quiet zone construction.  Quiet Zones are improvements to railroad crossings so trains do not have to sound their train horn in the corridor.  Maitland's 8 railroad crossings are slated for Quiet Zone improvements.  The improvements include the installation of quad gates and more safety buffers on the road to prevent cars from going on the tracks.  Maintenance of traffic and detour signage will be in place.

 

Background information on Quiet Zones:

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transporation with oversight of and rule-making authority over intermodal transportation, was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. For example, train horns sounded in the United States follow a "standardized pattern of 2 long, 1 short, and 1 long blasts.  The pattern must be repeated or prolonged until the locomotive or lead cab car occupies the grade crossing.  The rule does not stipulate the durations of long and short blasts."  The FRA promulgated a rule that allows municipalities across the nation to mitigate the effects of train horn noise in their communities with the establishment of quiet zones. FRA says on their website: "In a quiet zone, railroads have been directed to cease the routine sounding of their horns when approaching public highway-rail grade crossings. Train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal regulations or railroad operating rules.  Localities desiring to establish a quiet zone are first required to mitigate the increased risk caused by the absence of a horn."  On June 8, 2015, The City Council approved a resolution to authorize the City to enter into agreements with FDOT for quiet zone improvements.   Construction of quiet zone improvements, such as the addition of quad gates and buffers, have been underway recently in Maitland and the next scheduled improvement is George Avenue two days from now.  Following the construction of the improvements, the City must make application  to the Federal Railroad Administration to implement the quiet zones.  




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