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Blackberry Township to get relief from train noise

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:18 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:35 p.m. CST

GENEVA – Residents living near the Union Pacific Railroad should expect to hear less noise from passing trains because there are plans to install wayside horn systems in Blackberry Township.

The Kane County Transportation Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of agreements with Union Pacific and the Blackberry Township Road District about the project, which is supported by a $250,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Committee Chairman Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, said the project stems from the dense population in Mill Creek, which is south of the tracks. A resolution about the project describes how the trains upset the “rural peace” of Blackberry Township.

“The west line tracks of the UP carry about 111 trains a day, with each train blowing its locomotive horn at all hours of the day and night as the trains approach LaFox Road from both the east and the west,” the document states.

Wayside horns should reduce the amount of noise pollution created by the trains because their horn blast is designed to only have an audio impact within about 1,000 feet of the railroad crossing, according to the document.

The horns will be installed at the railroad’s intersection with LaFox and Brundige roads.

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