Appleton leaders could make safety improvements at railroad crossings, so train engineers wouldn’t have to blow their whistles anymore.
A consultant says it would cost between $620,000 and nearly $800,000 to create a “quiet zone.”
Public works director Paula Vandehey says nearly all of the two-dozen crossings between Ballard Road and Spencer Street already have lights and gates. But she says they would need to build raised medians, to make sure drivers can’t try to get around the gates.
Vandehey the medians would cause some access issues in spots. She says people might only be able to turn right, into or out of, some businesses or homes.
Vandehey says it could take two years for federal officials to officially recognize a quiet zone in the city.