Danedri Thompson
Construction is set to begin today, Nov. 19, on upgrades to railroad quiet zones in Edgerton.
Last spring, contract workers completed improvements to create quiet zones at railroad crossings at 199th Street and at Nelson Street in Edgerton. With the improvements, officials were hopeful that trains would no longer need to regularly sound their horns within city limits.
However, the Federal Railroad Administration notified Edgerton officials that the improvements did not meet federal requirements to establish quiet zones at the at-grade rail crossings.
City administrator Beth Linn said construction to fix the project shouldn’t take much longer than one week. It will take several weeks, however, before the FRA approves the intersections as quiet zones.
“Once the work is complete, there’s a 21-day waiting period,” Linn said. “That’s calendar days. We’re still hopeful we will be quiet before the end of 2014.”
Whether the city of Edgerton will be financially responsible for this week’s repairs to the at-grade crossings is still being determined, Linn said.
The city contracted with Olsson Associates to draft plans for the quiet zone. Design plans for the project were completed in 2011. The city hired a construction contractor on the project in October 2013. The contractor, Kansas Heavy, was only responsible for building what was in the plan.
The repairs this winter are estimated to cost $19,375. Linn said the city is still negotiating with its original contractors to determine who will foot the bill.