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Lafayette OKs Agreement with Louisville to Build Railroad ‘quiet Zones’

January 3, 2019
A train travels through downtown Louisville in March 2015.

Lafayette City Council on Wednesday approved an intergovernmental agreement with neighboring Louisville to build several railroad crossing “quiet zones” between the two cities.

The project will focus funds on BNSF railroad crossings at Pine Street, Griffith Street and South Boulder Road in Louisville and Baseline Road in Lafayette, according to planning documents; a fifth, at Louisville’s Dillon Road crossing, will be covered solely by that city.

The cost sharing for the construction phase will be based on the “portion of actual construction cost” of the Baseline Crossing, as compared to the other three Louisville crossings, according to a Lafayette staff report.

Those construction costs will come to roughly $150,000.

“Fate has smiled on Lafayette as our crossing has been much simpler to construct,” City Administrator Gary Klaphake wrote in the staff report, “which results in a lower cost to Lafayette.

“By jointly performing this design and construction work over four BNSF crossings, there is a huge economy of scale that will save Lafayette thousands and thousands of dollars compared to performing this project on our own,” he added.

While the zones often are customized to fit the needs of a specific location, officials say they typically involve four-quadrant gates and electronic notification systems.

Consulting firm Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig was selected for the project in early 2017; Lafayette City Council approved an initial intergovernmental agreement with Louisville for shared design costs in February 2017.

Anthony Hahn: 303-473-1422, hahna@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/_anthonyhahn