Metro Council approves resolution to establish “Quiet Zone” for Parkland, Park DuValle and Park Hill Area

October 10, 2014

October 9, 2014
Mary C. Woolridge, District 3
Attica Scott, District 1

Planning Commission asked to initiate right of way closing process

Louisville – In a unanimous vote, The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night approved a resolution which will begin the process to establish a “Quiet Zone” at various railroad crossing in the Parkland, Park DuValle and Park Hill areas.

The resolution calls on the Metro Planning Commission to initiate the  process necessary to begin closing right of ways so that train whistles will no longer blow at all hours of the day and night.

“Moving this process forward is long overdue as residents over the years have talked to me about the noise and safety concerns around these crossings,” said Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3). “I want to thank those residents for being patient and working with us to give them a long deserved Quiet Zone and relief from the train noise.”  

The areas affected are 23rd Street, Cypress Street, the alley intersection north of Wilson Avenue, Olive Street, Hemlock Street, and the alley intersection with Woodland Avenue west of the railroad crossing. Specifically, all rights of way in these areas close to the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

These areas at one time were part of District 3 but changed to District 1 when the Metro Council approved its redistricting plan in 2011 as part of the US Census.

“Since I took office this project has been a major concern for residents who live in this area and deal with train whistle noise at all hours of the night,” says Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1). “Councilwoman Woolridge has been diligent in staying on local and state officials to keep this project moving."

Part of the Planning Commission efforts in these procedures will be to seek public comment and hold public meetings about closing the affected areas.