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Dates are set for the railroad crossing reconstruction at Capital Avenue SW and Elm Street, and those who live, work, and drive in these areas already may notice a change in train horns.
Both crossings are part of Battle Creek’s railroad quiet zone, three miles of track through downtown on which trains are not required to sound routine horns as they approach city street crossings. Safety upgrades at the crossings took place to allow for this.
However, train engineers are required to sound horns when workers are present.
For these crossing projects, workers are unloading materials, and performing other work to prepare for the road closures and crossing reconstruction. Those in the areas of the crossings can expect workers at both locations from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the projects are complete.
Capital Avenue SW will be closed at the tracks for two weeks during reconstruction – July 23 to Aug. 3.
Elm Street also will be closed at the tracks for two weeks – July 30 to Aug. 10.
The two projects were accepted as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail new Local Grade Crossing Surface Program. They represent a more-than $540,000 investment in the City of Battle Creek – 60 percent by the state Office of Rail, and 40 percent by the railroads. No city funds will be used for these improvements.
As the construction dates near, the city will release detour routes, and any other updated information on these projects.