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|City Gets Go-Ahead for Quiet Zone Process to Begin
|A resolution instructing Galesburg city administration to move forward with creating documents for railroad crossing closures to create quiet zones was approved Monday night.
Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming, who voted against the measure, thinks it's a premature decision.
"I think we're making a mistake by acting on this [Monday night]," Fleming said. "We did get an e-mail from a citizen that thought we should wait until these overpasses are in place, so the additional traffic will have a place to go. I think that's prudent. I think we should wait until the overpasses and underpasses are built.
Fleming had concerns about closures on North Whitesboro Street and South Chambers north and south of Mulberry Street.
Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin, however, says the problem must be addressed.
"If there were a factory in Standish Park that belched out smoke and pollution, we'd be immediately out there trying to stop that factory," Karlin said. "The noise pollution that these trains put out in the form of horns is no less pollution than smoke. It's important to the commerce of our city. But, we have to address it, and this Quiet Zone goes a long way toward it."
Karlin adds that he can only continue to support the measure if the city begins taking a hard look at how the quiet zone closures will affect foot and bike traffic, and whether foot bridges could be added over some closures later on.
Incentive money to the tune of about 1.3 million dollars is available now from the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe for closing crossings.
|05 17 11 by Newsroom
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