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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Train Horns Will Continue Through Reconstruction

The railroad quiet zone in Normal is temporarily suspended, making train horns more noticeable, as crews repair damage from the Feb. 13 derailment. 

In compliance with the Federal Railroad Administration, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois and U.S. Departments of Transportation, trains traveling through Normal must blow horns throughout the active reconstruction work zone and between railroad switches from Fort Jesse to Fell. 

“Railroad and contract employees are working on or near the tracks,” said Cathy Oloffson, director of Communications & Community Relations. “Trains must alert them as they are coming through town and will continue to do so throughout the reconstruction period.

“Many citizens have reached out with questions. We want residents to know this is necessary during the repair time for the safety and security of all involved,” added Oloffson. 

Repairs and reconstruction are estimated to take several weeks to complete. 

The Town of Normal established a railroad Quiet Zone in January 2018. The Quiet Zone will go back into effect when reconstruction work is complete. 

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