Permits in place; implementation dependent on weather
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (April 22, 2018) – As reported last November, Lansing’s Railroad Quiet Zone project that has been in process for at least two years. Though progress has not been visible to the public, forward movement is happening.
Jeff Pintar, who serves as Village Engineer, confirms that Lansing has obtained the necessary IDOT permit for the installation of safety measures on state routes. Pintar is now coordinating with the railroad on the timing of the install.
Items to be completed in late April or early May include:
- Install flexible delineators at required crossings—Public Works will handle this, and the timing is being discussed
- Refresh or add new railroad striping at crossings
- Install 70′ of required fence on Oakley, south of the railroad tracks—a contractor has been engaged to perform this work
- Install the required signage—Public Works will make and install these signs once other measures are complete
- Install a right-in/right-out driveway at Boggs Apartment Complex on Torrence—a contractor has been engaged to perform this work; coordination with the property owner is needed on the timing of the installation
Pintar says, “There are still many entities that have their hands in the Quiet Zone process—FRA, ICC, IDOT, and CSX—so to provide completion dates is difficult. We are still planning on work to be done in the spring and Quiet Zone implementation to follow 30 days after work is complete. We were hopeful to complete last fall but did not have full authorization to do so, and the improvements are all weather-dependent, so that leads us to where we are today.”