NORTH FOND DU LAC - Train whistles in North Fond du Lac are giving some residents sleepless nights. And residents want to silence those whistles.
There is a Canadian National rail switchyard at Lakeshore Drive. Since Memorial Day, the trains have sounded whistles going through that intersection.
According to the North Fond du Lac Village Board, the Federal Railroad Administration has made it mandatory the whistles are sounded at that spot.
Board members say it's because of two non-fatal accidents involving vehicles and trains since 2007.
The board has asked the federal government to reinstate a quiet zone in that area, but it denied the request.
Board members voted 5-0 Friday evening to close the intersection to drivers in order to reinstate the quiet zone.
There would be a special gate made to allow emergency vehicles through.
It's an idea many citizens support, because people say the sirens go off every few minutes and are so loud they can be heard blocks away.
“On a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest I would rate them at ten. Everyone around here's fed up with it. I have friends that live down the road that are; you know they hear it day in and day out, all night long. Can't get any sleep it wakes you up. They lay on them pretty good,” said Mike Freund, North Fond du Lac.
The board's approval of closing the road is not the final step.
There will need to be public comment on the matter, as well as approval from the railroad commissioner. That process could take up to three months.
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