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City of Winter Haven Quiet Zone Presentation

Posted January 10th, 2019

The public is invited to a January 23, 2019 public meeting in the Florida Citrus Building (Nora Mayo Hall), 500 Third Street NW, at 6:30 p.m. City engineering consultants will present their railroad intersection Quiet Zone Assessment Report to the City Commission, and discussion will include necessary improvements, costs, and a schedule for moving forward.

The Federal Railroad Administration recognizes that trains traveling near residential areas can impact those residing in the area.  Therefore, Federal regulations provide a method to eliminate the horns from blowing at road crossings by establishing a “quiet zone.” To qualify for a quiet zone, specific improvements to each public road and the railroad tracks are required at each crossing.  Every crossing is unique and requires a specific design for improvements that must ensure an established level of safety for both vehicles crossing the railroad and the train traveling the tracks.

The City Commission and City staff engaged an engineering consulting firm to evaluate railroad crossings that would potentially qualify for a quiet zone.  A copy of the Quiet Zone Assessment Report is available on the City’s website at: https://www.mywinterhaven.com/government/city-departments/growth-management/ and clicking on the “Quiet Zone Assessment Report” button. Please call the Growth Management Department at 863-291-5600 with any questions.