Railroad plans rattle officials; safety noise concerns


A train from the Louisville & Indiana Railroad makes travels through Franklin, In near the Franklin College campus. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal

A train from the Louisville & Indiana Railroad approaches the crossing at 350S in Amity, In. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal

More trains, traveling at faster speeds, could be coming to railroad crossings that pass by schools, neighborhoods and businesses from Greenwood to Edinburgh.

Local officials are concerned about residents’ safety at railroad crossings throughout the county and more noise from trains in neighborhoods if a proposed partnership and upgrade to the Louisville & Indiana Railroad’s north-south rail line is approved.

As part of the upgrade, local officials have asked for certain work to be done in the county, including new warning signals and walls that would help block the noise from trains. Railroad officials said they will consider the requests.

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