Quiet zones discussed for stretch of College Station railroad track
Last January, Brazos County approved a deal with Union Pacific to close the railroad crossing at Straub and Wellborn and Wade and Wellborn. In exchange, Union Pacific is creating a new crossing at Greens Prairie Trail.
The company also has plans to build a detour track to allow trains to pass or store train cars at the current Struab Road crossing.
Mark Boller's home backs up to the track. He had concerns about the project, including what the trains were carrying, but with the deal done he feels there isn't much more he can do.
"There's nothing we can do about it because UP owns the property and they get to do what they want," said Boller.
However, there is a recent change to how things will work along the line.
College Station Public Works Director Donald Harmon said, "This inter-local agreement between Brazos County and the City of college Station to coordinate our activities with the new at FM 2154 and Greens Prairie Trail."
Brazos County and the City of College Station are working together with Union Pacific to create a quiet zone for trains passing through at the new intersection of Greens Prairie Trail.
"The residents of that area had to deal with the train noise, but they never had a horn blaring so we thought that was a worthwhile project," said Harmon. "The improvements that we'll be making there at the grate crossing with the railroad is a far better improvement for vehicle and pedestrian safety than just a horn blowing."
Harmon says the county will be managing the contract with a consultant to establish that quiet zone.
Construction has already begun extending Greens Prairie Trail.
The city says they hope to extend the quiet zones all the way down FM 2154 in the future.