Public Works

Railroad Crossings & Quiet Zone

The City of Cedar Rapids has been studying and working towards implementing a train horn quiet zone along the 4th Street rail corridor through the downtown and NewBo areas for the last several years.

Project Description
The intent of this project is to establish a train horn quiet zone throughout downtown and NewBo. By establishing the quiet zone, this will significantly reduce the number of train horns that will sound throughout downtown and NewBo. To establish a quiet zone, safety upgrades to rail crossings need to be completed so they are in compliance with Federal Rail Administration guidelines.

These safety upgrades include:

  • two quadrant gates and flashers at a minimum, but may also include
  • four quadrant gate systems
  • the addition of medians
  • the closure of driveways that are near the tracks
  • additional safety devices specifically for pedestrians

Completed Crossings

  • 2nd Avenue SE
  • 3rd Avenue SE
  • 4th Avenue SE
  • 5th Avenue SE

Phasing Plan (2022-24)
The quiet zone through downtown and Newbo will consist of three individual quiet zones, and be established in three different phases as outlined below: 

Phase A

  • Stickle Drive NE (just northeast of the US Cellular Center/DoubleTree Hotel) to 5th Avenue SE
  • Anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2022
Phase B

  • 6th Avenue SE to 10th Street SE (near Cargill's south plant)
  • Anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2023
Phase C

  • 3rd Street SE to 2nd Street SW
  • Anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2024
Map and Timeline of Quiet Zone phasing

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