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Temporary fix for Woods Cross train horn problem
Jan 02, 2014 | 2645 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODS CROSS — The problem of Union Pacific train horns being blown every time a train travels over the 1500 South crossing in Woods Cross has been resolved for now.

However, City Manager Gary Uresk believes the problem may rear its head again the next time city crews salt the crossing.

The problem started after the Dec. 19 snowstorm, when city crews salted the crossing. The moisture and salt leaked into the electrical components controlling the crossing arms and they went down and stayed down, Uresk said.

Because the situation wasn't fully resolved, the railroad had concerns about the reliability  of the crossing. Union Pacific’s protocol is to have engineers sound their horns at unreliable crossings.

Residents living in the area complained to the city about the noise, saying it was interfering with sleep and daily activities.

The situation has been resolved, Uresk said. However, he added, “I’m afraid when our crews salt next time we may have the situation repeat itself.”

He will meet with representatives of the railroad next week to see if they can come up with a permanent solution.

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