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December 1, 2016

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

Railroad crossing quiet zone public meeting Dec. 7 in Niwot

Community feedback is welcomed

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County Transportation will host a public meeting to present information and
gather community input regarding efforts to convert railroad crossings along
the SH 119/Diagonal Highway corridor into Quiet Zones, which are safety
improvements to roads that cross railroad tracks that can eliminate the
requirement for train horn use at crossings.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Niwot Elementary School

8778 Morton Road, Niwot

question and answer session will follow the presentation, and feedback from
attendees will be collected. Visit the
project webpage to learn more
and to provide comments electronically.

County received a $1.7 million grant from the Denver Regional Council of
Governments (DRCOG) to implement quiet zones along SH 119 between Longmont and
Boulder. The county hopes to use the available funding to construct as many
quiet zones along the Diagonal Highway as possible; however, the funding
available is likely not enough to address all of the unincorporated county
crossings along SH 119. The cost of a quiet zone can range significantly
depending on the specific characteristics of the road and crossing, but
commonly ranges between $250,000 and $500,000 per crossing.

Potential crossing
locations include:

  • 83rd
  • 2nd
    Street in Niwot
  • Main
    Street in Niwot
  • Monarch
  • North
    55th Street
  • Jay
  • Independence

feasibility study has been completed by a consultant. This report is also
available on the
project webpage.

City of Boulder, City of Louisville, and the City of Lafayette are all
conducting their own quiet zone studies related to railroad crossings within
their city limits. The City of Boulder will host an open house on Thursday,
Dec. 15 at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Visit Boulder’s
quiet zone website to learn more
about the meeting and their efforts.

more information on the event, contact Andrew Barth, Boulder County Transportation
Department, via email at or call