Railroad Crossing Improvements

04/15/2021 Update

The city began the process of requesting the removal of the old and unused train tracks at the 5th, 8th, and 10th street crossings on the east side of Greeley. Those crossings, and the other railroad tracks still in use, will stay in place on those roads.

The request process should wrap up in early May. Then construction crews will start removing the defunct tracks and constructing safety and other improvements at those crossings.

With that work coming so soon, work started on the paperwork to apply for the establishment of the quiet zone. That application process, which requires the upcoming improvements to those crossings, will likely start this summer and take about a year to go through a three-phase review process.

City officials continue to work with the railroad company to make way for needed construction and repairs at the 22nd, 10th, and 8th street crossings. Then construction crews can finish the concrete sidewalk work in those areas.

On the north side of Greeley, officials expect work on the railroad crossing improvements at 11th and 14th avenues to wrap up soon.

Project Background

The City of Greeley is working to improve safety at local railroad crossings along the north and east railroad corridors— and implement a Quiet zone along the city’s eastern railroad corridor.

Officials are working to improve railroad crossings along Great Western’s railroad on the north side of Greeley at 11th, 14th, 35th, and 59th avenues and O Street.

And on the east side of Greeley officials are working to create a Quiet Zone along the Union Pacific Railroad. To create that Quiet Zone, the City needs to make improvements at each railroad crossing.

To obtain a quiet zone designation, Greeley must first make several changes and improvements to railroad crossings in that area to ensure drivers stay off the tracks when trains are nearby.

By default, trains are required by law to sound their horn at all crossings to alert nearby drivers and pedestrians — even if no one is around. However, with a quiet zone designation, trains are only required to sound their horns in the case of an emergency — such as a person or car on the tracks.

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