As part of the Five Points Quiet Zone project, the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled the establishment of the Five Points Quiet Zone beginning in mid-July of 2016.
The establishment of the quiet zone is part of a joint project by the Union Pacific Railroad and the City of El Paso, which modified six railroad crossings to allow trains to pass more quietly through this El Paso neighborhood.
The railroad crossings located at Maple Street, Birch Street, Cedar Street and Elm Street were closed permanently, while the crossings at Piedras Street and Rosewood Street remain open and received upgrades to include new medians and crossing arms.
The project also included the replacement of an aging waterline along Pershing Drive between Magnolia and Raynor by El Paso Water Utilities.
Although the Quiet Zone will be established by mid-July, train conductors are allowed to continue to use their train horns when a hazard is present on the train tracks, or when conditions are present that require the train conductors to use their horns as per federal rules and regulations.
This $2.4 million dollar project is funded by 2013 Street Infrastructure Certificates of Obligation, El Paso Water Utilities and Union Pacific Railroad, and is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance the Quality of Life for business, residents and visitors alike.