Loveland residents have endured ever increasing (in both frequency and noise level) horns and whistles from trains coming through Loveland. This is due to new regulations requiring trains to use their horns on certain types of at-grade crossings that are not safely protected from traffic or pedestrians. SEE STORY
One solution is to apply for a quiet zone with the railway but according to Keith Reester, Director of Public Works, that will cost $4.5 million since Loveland is at “the bottom of the barrel” in its infrastructure.
This is because our infrastructure has not been updated as capital improvement funds are increasingly being diverted to annex or outright buy property along the I-25 to satisfy the City Manager’s ambitions for the city to expand.
According to the railway the estimate is high but either way the money doesn’t appear to be available since it doesn't involve the City Manager's priorities. The staff at LovelandPolitics studied the issue and believes the quality of life of those being impacted by the horns and the safety of the community demands the Council appropriate funds to fix the problem – starting with a serious study to determine the actual costs to improving the intersections. What do you think?