Clintonville wants a ‘Quiet Zone’ for trains

CLINTONVILLE, OH (WCMH) — For Clintonville residents, it’s become part of their daily lives – just one they would rather not have.

A set of train tracks sandwiched between Interstate 71 and Clintonville sees – and hears – trains roll through the neighborhood at all times of days and night. To warn pedestrians to steer clear of the tracks, a horn sounds off as it approaches the area, often as much as five or six times an hour.

“It’s just one of those things that kind of jars you when it’s a certain time of night,” says Alan McKitrick, who has lived in Clintonville for seven years.

But the community is hoping to make a change.

Last week, the Clintonville Area Commission began the discussion of making the Weber Road intersection a “quiet zone,” meaning the horns would not sound when trains pass.

Dayco Appliance, which sits beside the tracks, doesn’t mind the noise – employees say they’re accustomed to it.

“It really doesn’t affect us,” said Dayco Warehouse Manager Manager Greg Bossart. “The only thing that affects us is the traffic when the train gates are down.”

McKitrick agrees. He says he’s seen emergency vehicle have change routes due to train traffic.

“I would love for them to create some kind of underpass that traffic does not back up. I think that would be the best fix, but obviously also the most expensive fix,” he added. “It doesn’t make my life horrible. It would just be nice if it were to change.”

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