Earlier this year, leaders of Louisville’s Crescent Hill and Clifton neighborhoods were told they would have to make one-point-two million dollars in safety upgrades to their railroad crossings in order to maintain a so-called ‘quiet zone’ for train whistles.
But a new plan for improvements has since been drawn up that will cost a fraction of that amount.
Officials have found a way to meet new Federal Railroad Administration safety requirements at a cost of about 20-thousand dollars that will keep the whistles silent.
Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says one concession the neighborhood had to make was construction of a median that will limit access to some businesses on Frankfort Avenue. However, she says the door is still open to find an alternative.
“Certainly if we come up with a better solution that still meets the point requirement I don’t imagine that the FRA is going to not allow us to do that,” she says.
Metro Government will pay for the work. Officials will submit plans for the enhancements to the Federal Railroad Administration this week.