Mark Taylor
Nelson Street in Edgerton is soon expected to become a railroad quiet zone.
The city council on Aug. 23 approved a resolution for improvements to the street and designating it as a main trafficway.
The council also authorized $310,000 in general obligation bonds to pay for the work.
The quiet zone is being considered in response to the BNSF intermodal logistics park project.
The agreement obligates the city to cover the costs of improvements, including right-of-way and easement  acquisition in the unincorporated area.
The council last year approved a $44,800 agreement for professional services related to the quiet zones.
The contract with Olsson Associates includes work regarding pre-construction documents, testing, permitting and final design work on the crossings.
When the quiet zone is completed, trains entering and exiting the planned intermodal logistics park on the east side of Edgerton will not be required to blow their whistles at those crossings except in cases of emergency.
Construction is being financed with revolving funds from the state as a part of the city’s finance agreement for the project and also from revenues paid to the city in lieu of taxes as part of the project agreement.
In the meantime, construction work is underway at the intermodal logistics park  property.
The development is expected to open in the last quarter of 2013.
The city of Gardner received a quiet zone designation at Moonlight Road and Main Street last October.