WOODBRIDGE – Tomorrow morning, Woodbridge officials will officially unveil the “Quiet Zone” railroad crossing that has been installed at the Woodbridge Avenue railroad crossing in Sewaren.
Area residents have had been disturbed over many years by the frequent sounding of train horns from passing freight trains. Mayor John McCormac and First Ward Councilman Charles Kenny petitioned Conrail in 2007 for permission to install a “Quiet Zone” crossing at the Woodbridge and West Avenue crossing.
After extensive discussion and planning with Conrail, engineering studies, and construction, the “Quiet Zone” crossing was completed and became operational on Jan. 10. “Quiet Zones” are established along rail lines in close proximity to residential areas to eliminate the use of train horns in the residential area.
Construction of the Woodbridge Avenue “Quiet Zone” crossing began on May 24, 2010 and includes installation of a four-gate traffic control system; pedestrian gates; power-out indicator lights and constant warning time circuitry; battery back-up systems; grade crossing and street signs and pavement markings.
Additional “Quiet Zone” crossings are under construction at St. Georges Avenue and Amboy Avenue (State Route 35), Rahway Avenue and County Route 514; and Blair Road in Woodbridge.
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