The quiet zone eliminates the need for the train conductor to sound the train’s horn as it crosses roadways near Loveland Station Apartments
Many readers are wanting more information about the pending railroad “quiet zone” in Historic Downtown and about the concrete barriers that will be installed at the West Loveland Avenue railroad crossing.
Following the underground utility work that began this week (When you thought Loveland’s downtown traffic couldn’t get worse…), two permanent concrete medians, non-traversable curbs, a minimum of six inches high, will be installed as part of a railroad quiet zone project. These barriers are designed to prevent vehicles from zigzagging and winding across the railroad tracks on West Loveland Avenue with trains approaching and the gate arms lowered. The barriers will be installed so traffic must stop even though they don’t see a train coming.
In a railroad quiet zone, additional safety measures must be installed to eliminate the need for the train conductor to sound the train’s horn as it crosses roadways. This will cost taxpayers an estimated $50,000
Loveland’s quiet zone in Historic Downtown, according to a memo written by then, interim city manager, David Duckworth to City Council in January 2014 said, “During the City’s initial discussions with CMC in the summer and fall of 2013, CMC indicated that a quiet zone was a threshold issue for development.” CMC Properties later reached an agreement with the City to build Loveland Station Apartments, a mixed use development in the heart of downtown. The quiet zone is so renters of the “luxury, high-end” apartments won’t hear the train whistle from the tracks adjacent to the development.
Other construction will include
To protect bikers, walkers, and runners, a crossing gate will be installed on the Loveland Bike Trail that provides a full closure of the crossing when a train is active. It is to be completed by the railroad but paid for by the City of Loveland. Estimate is $150,000
At Riverside Drive/East Kemper, a wayside horn will be installed. It is a stationary horn located at the grade crossing designed to provide an audible warning to oncoming motorists of an approaching train. It is to be completed and paid for by the City of Loveland. Estimate is $90,000 to $100,000.
The cost estimate for the work according to Duckworth is approximately $300,000. However the development agreement says City Taxpayers are responsible for the first $300,000 in cost, while the developer pays the next $200,000. Any costs above$500,000 will be split 50%/50% between the City and developer.
The estimated cost for design of the railroad quiet zone is $29,680.
After reviewing the cost of the project on January 28, 2014, council voted unanimously to proceed with the quiet zone.
There has been approximately $4 million total tax dollars, mostly local dollars, invested in the Loveland Station development. CMC Properties paid $180,000 to the City for the property.
IF GETTING THESE KIND OF STORIES IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE
You can send a contribution using a CREDIT CARD, or sending a check to:
251 Wall Street
Loveland, Ohio 45140