Onalaska seeks train crossing quiet zones

City to submit application for quiet zones at two railroad crossings, hope to get answer by spring

City officials in Onalaska are hoping to get a little peace and quiet.

The city is currently in the process of applying for quiet zones at railroad crossings on Irvin Street and Second Avenue Southwest.

Currently, conductors use their horns to warn those near the tracks that the train is approaching those intersections. If the city’s application is successful, conductors would no longer be allowed to sound their horns in those residential areas.

City Engineer and Director of Public Works Jarrod Holter says it’s something many residents have called them about, and they’ve been working on for about 10 years.

“The train horn is loud, as it should be, to warn vehicles and pedestrians that are using the crossing, but it is something that affects a lot of the citizens in the community because you can hear it many blocks into the city,” said Holter.

Onalaska city officials say it will take a few months before they hear back from the federal government about the application, but they hope to have an answer by the spring.