by Martha Quetsch
Blackberry Township Supervisor David Richmond presented a $10,000 check to the village of Elburn on behalf of the Township Board June 1, to help pay for the village’s wayside horn project.
â€œIt’s our way of saying, from the township, ‘Thank you for taking the lead. We believe that what is good for the village is good for the township,’â€ Richmond said.
The Federal Railroad Administration approved the wayside horns as a safety requirement to allow Elburn to be a whistle-free zone. The wayside horns will direct their sound only toward the immediate area of pedestrian and vehicular traffic near the crossings. Trains still will blow their whistles if the wayside horn lights are not functioning, or if the locomotive engineer sees a safety hazard.
The project will cost the village approximately $200,000.