Richmond’s Commission Advances Process for Quiet Zone
Citizens should begin to see activity for Richmond’s Quiet Zone project in the coming months, as the City of Richmond Commission approved an Advanced funding Agreement with TxDot. Both FM 1640 (Avenue I where BNSF railroad crosses) and Collins Street (where UP railroad crosses) will require concrete median improvements and construction respectively. These city construction projects are in TXDOT’s right of way and this agreement facilitates the approval process to begin construction possibly within 90 to 180 days.
The City is actually dealing with two types of Quiet Zone projects, the other referred to as the Wayside Horn project which affects the UP railroad line running parallel to Jackson Street and through downtown Richmond. The City is waiting on a preliminary engineering agreement back from UP, pushing every button possible with this agency including contact with the UP Rail Master to push along the project. There is no projected completion date for this project until the City can advance through this step.