Information Updates :
July 15 , 2015
RAILROAD IDLING TRAIN UPDATES
IDLING TRAINS – This summer’s significant reduction in idling trains was a welcome change from Summer 2014.
We have the knowledge on how to eliminate them from our area if they should become an issue again.
June 4, 2014
RAILROAD QUIET ZONE PROJECT UPDATE
The Town of Hamburg’s contractor recently completed construction of the pavement improvements and traffic separator systems (mountable medians with reflective channelization devices) along the highway approaches to the railroad crossings on Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road (see attached photographs). This has provided the supplemental safety measures that are necessary for railroad quiet zones to be established along the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in the area of these crossings.
As a follow-up to this work, the Town issued Notices of Quiet Zone Establishment on June 2, 2014 for the creation of the railroad quiet zones at these crossings. These notices are required to be sent to the Federal Railroad Administration, the two railroads, and the New York State Dept. of Transportation after the installations have been completed, following which a minimum 21 day period is necessary before the quiet zones are able to officially be put into effect and train horns are to no longer be sounded except in situations where a possible danger is observed by the train crew. Based on this timeframe, the quiet zones at these crossings are to become effective starting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Copies of the transmittal letters from the Notices of Quiet Zone Establishment are attached. The full package that was sent (including the attachments referenced in the letters), as well as other related project documents, are available for review in the Town Documents section of the Town of Hamburg website at the following address:
1/23/14 – Hamburge updates Notice of Intent and readies for Spring 2014 Quiet Zone constuction start
The Town of Hamburg is continuing work toward the establishment of a 4.3 mile long railroad quiet zone along the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks within the Town. The highway grade crossings included within the length of this quiet zone are located on Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road. The Town has received $475,000 in Federal highway funding and $50,000 in State funding for this project.
In order to establish the quiet zone, supplemental safety measures are necessary to be installed in compliance with requirements that have been set by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The current Town project involves the installation of traffic channelization devices along the centerline of Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road, extending 100 feet from each crossing gate arm. This will serve to prevent drivers from taking the risk of driving around a lowered crossing gate in an attempt to beat an oncoming train. In addition, pavement resurfacing work is necessary to be performed along the length of the highway approaches prior to the installation of the channelization devices, in order to improve the condition of the roadway and stability of the shoulders in the project area. Following the completion of this project, trains will be prohibited from using their horns within the quiet zone except in emergency situations.
Per the FRA regulations, a Notice of Intent is required to be prepared and submitted to appropriate officials of various involved agencies at least 60 days prior to the establishment of a quiet zone. Although the Town previously issued a Notice of Intent for this project on 5/24/12, various developments which have occurred since that time necessitated modifications to the proposed project. Therefore, the Town has revised and updated the Notice of Intent accordingly. In that the Notice of Intent provides a good overall summary and update on the status of the project, a copy of it has been placed on the Town website for review by interested parties.
This document can be accessed through the following link http://www.townofhamburgny.com/Hamburg_RR_Quiet_Zone-1.3.14_Notice_of_Intent.pdf
(Email from Gerard M. Kapsiak, P.E.)
11/15/2013 – Hamburg to award bids for quiet rail crossing Thursday
The quiet zone has been delayed due to a NYS Law that prohibits paving around railroad tracks after Nov. 1. The reason is clear, that if weather hits mid-construction, it could impact the funcationality of the track (impeding train traffice) and it could inhibit the abiltiy for vehichles to cross the tracks. Construction will commence mid-april. You can veiw the letter from Gerry Kapsiak, Town Engineer HERE
9/24/2013 – Hamburg to award bids for quiet rail crossing Thursday
Hamburg Town Board members will conduct a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., to award bids for the “quiet zone” railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.
Devices will be installed to keep traffic in the appropriate lane, prohibiting a vehicle from driving around a lowered crossing gate at the CSX and Norfolk Southern lines. Then trains will be prohibited from using their horns within the quiet zone except in an emergency.
As part of the project, Erie County required the Town of Hamburg to take ownership of Rogers Road so it could install the supplemental safety measures. The county repaved the road, and the Town Board Monday night formally accepted the 2-mile long road from Lake Shore Road to Pleasant Avenue, as a town road.
9/4/2013 – Quiet Zone Construction is out for BID and construction will be underway by November
RAILROAD QUIET ZONE PROJECT UPDATE
Work is continuing on the proposed establishment of a 4.3 mile long railroad quiet zone along the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in the Town of Hamburg. The highway grade crossings included within the length of this quiet zone are located on Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road. The Town has received $475,000 in Federal highway funding and $50,000 in State funding for this project.
In order to establish the quiet zone, supplemental safety measures are necessary to be installed which are in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The currently proposed project involves the installation of traffic channelization devices directly on the pavement surface along the centerline of Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road, extending 100 feet from each crossing gate arm (see example photograph below). In addition, pavement resurfacing work is necessary to be performed along the length of the project prior to the installation of the channelization devices, in order to restore the condition of the roadway and stability of the shoulders in the project area. Following the completion of this project, trains will be prohibited from using their horns within the quiet zone except in emergency situations.
Various steps have been necessary to be followed in compliance with the extensive requirements and procedures that are associated with the Federal funding for this project. Submittals in this regard have included the following:
• Draft Design Report & Preliminary Plan Drawings – these documents were submitted to the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) on 7/9/13. Review comments were received from NYSDOT on 7/26/13 and 7/30/13.
• Final Design Report & Design Approval Memo randum – these documents appropriately addressed the NYSDOT comments on the Draft Design Report and put the report into final format. They were submitted to NYSDOT on 8/1/13 and approved by them on 8/5/13.
• Plans, Specifications, and Estimate (PS&E) Package – these documents are to be used for requesting and receiving bids for the construction of the project. They were completed and submitted to NYSDOT on 8/14/13, following which they were reviewed by the NYSDOT regional office, their main office in Albany, and the Federal Highway Administration. Construction authorization and approval to advertise the project for bids were received from NYSDOT on 8/30/13.
The Federal funding requires that there be a three week period between advertisement and bid opening, in order to provide sufficient notification and preparation time for bidders, as well as to ensure adequate competition. Based on this timeframe, the Notice to Bidders is being published on 9/4/13, with the bid opening to be held on 9/25/13. It then typically takes two to three weeks for bid review, award of the construction contract, contract paperwork submittals by the contractor, holding a preconstruction meeting, and the start of construction. On this basis, it is currently expected that construction will start around mid-October.
Based on the construction cost estimates for the work on Rogers Road and Cloverbank Road, it appears likely that there will be a significant amount of funds remaining from the overall funding that the Town has available for this project. Therefore, it is intended that the remaining funds be utilized for establishing additional quiet zones at other grade crossing locations within the Town of Hamburg, such as Pleasant Avenue, Lakeview Road, and Bayview Road. In that Pleasant Avenue and Lakeview Road are Erie County highways, Town representatives recently met with the County to initiate discussions with them relative to the possibility of undertaking installations at these locations.
Copies of the Final Design Report and the Contract Drawings are available in the Town Documents section of the Town of Hamburg website, which can be accessed as follows:
Also on this website is a summary of contact phone numbers that can be called to report railroad emergencies and other problems such as excessive horn usage. In regard to horn usage, please be aware that the railroads are required to sound their train horns in accordance with current Federal regulations, which mandate that the horn be sounded at a volume of 96 to 110 decibels, starting
15 to 20 seconds before the locomotive reaches each grade crossing (not greater than ¼ mile before the crossing), and in a standard sequence of 2 longs, 1 short, and 1 long. These regulations are required to be followed at all hours of the day and night.
Prepared by: Town of Hamburg Engineering Dept.
Date: September 3, 2013
Hamburg Quiet Zones Scheduled for 2013 Construction
Read Related Articles:
- Senator Schumer Press Release – 8/2/2012
- Buffalo News Article – 8/2/2012
As of 9/15 the Buffalo News link to online article is due to website redesign -this should start working again at some point.
9/14/2012 – Hamburg Town Engineering Department has filed the Letter of Intent to establish the Quiet Zone will be established in 2013
9/13/2012 – Details on plowing reimbursement are being worked out.
METRO WNY article on Quiet Zone and Town of Hamburg’s position – http://www.metrowny.com/news/758-Town_of_Hamburg_and_Erie_County_talking_about_Rogers_Road_maintenance.html
2/10/ 2012 – The Town of Hamburg has provided the Buffalo News an update on it’s intention to start using the Federal & State monies that were provided for implementation of the the overdue Quiet Zone. Click here to read the article: February Quiet Zone Update
Senator Schumers Release: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=337407
Town of Hamburg Letter of Intent: http://www.townofhamburgny.com/Hamburg_Railroad_Quiet_Zone-Notice_of_Intent.pdf
Quiet Zone Update: http://www.townofhamburgny.com/Quiet_Zone_Update.pdf
Town of Hamburg Engineering Home Page: http://www.townofhamburgny.com/Engineering_Home.html