A vehicle waits at a rail crossing on Rogers Road. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

It should be a little quieter in Hamburg later this year.

That's when three more railroad "quiet zones" will be constructed on Lakeview and Bayview roads and Pleasant Avenue. Quiet zones were established on Rogers and Cloverbank roads in 2014.

The quiet zone prohibits a train approaching an at-grade crossing to refrain from blowing its horn. The Federal Railroad Administration allows the zones when there are measures enacted to ensure the safety of motorists.

In Hamburg’s case, that comes down to the installation of narrow yellow medians or traffic separator systems, which have reflective “channelization” devices. They prevent vehicles from driving around a gate that is lowered for a train to cross. The gate still will ding when it comes down.

The Hamburg Town Board Monday night awarded the contract for the work to Occhino Corp. of West Seneca for $182,285.

The town has talked of closing Bayview Road at the railroad tracks, which would negate the reason for the quiet zone. But the town's engineering consultant said the state suggested including Bayview in the bid.

"We talked to the state DOT on that and they suggested it's a lengthy process, so move ahead with the quiet zone project and if push comes to shove, we'll reuse the delineaters at a later date and close the road," consultant Michael Quinn said.

 

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