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9/12/17 Update: West Maple Road Quiet Zone Rail Crossing

Post Date:07/13/2017 8:50 AM

9/12/17 Update: The required Notice of Establishment has been issued to all relevant parties. CSX has acknowledged the Notice of Establishment and has agreed to cease the routine sounding of the train horn as of 12:01 am on September 14, 2017. Train horns may be still be sounded in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal Railroad Administration rules. Quiet Zone regulations do not eliminate the use of locomotive bells at crossings.

8/21/17 Update: The Maple Road crossing was inpected by a representative of the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday, August 17. We are happy to report the crossing passed this inspection. City staff will now prepare the required Notice of Establishment to complete the process. Residents may expect the Quiet Zone to be fully established by the end of October, 2017. 

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Residents may have noticed new sidewalk fencing at the railroad crossing on West Maple Road west of Wixom Road. This fencing, along with the median barriers in the roadway, is part of the supplementary safety measures required to be in place in order to establish the crossing as a Quiet Zone. In a Quiet Zone crossing, the routine use of train horns is prohibited. Train horns may be sounded in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal Railroad Administration rules. Quiet Zone regulations do not eliminate the use of locomotive bells at crossings. Additional information on the establishment of Quiet Zones can be found at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0889 .

Some additional steps will be necessary in order to establish the West Maple Road crossing as a Quiet Zone. Signage, once agreed to by all crossing authorities, needs to be installed. Proper notification needs to be provided to a number of interested parties and authorities. Once the Quiet Zone is fully established, partial gates on the sidewalk fencing will create a maze-like structure which will encourage pedestrians to look both ways before crossing the tracks. This maze will accommodate bicycles and wheelchairs. The partial fences can be easily removed to allow for sidewalk snow plowing.

The City looks forward to the establishment of this Quiet Zone in order to add to the tranquility of the surrounding neighborhood. The Quiet Zone was paid for in part by a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Please contact the City Manager’s Office at 248-624-0894 or CityofWixom@wixomgov.org with any questions or concerns. 

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