Village seeks unusual method to quiet whistle
Board votes to close intersection to cancel
NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The North Fond du Lac Village Board is considering an unusual method to silence a train whistle that residents find annoying.
A WLUK-TV report said the whistle is at a Canadian National rail switchyard at Lakeshore Drive.
Federal authorities made a rule effective Memorial Day that trains passing through that intersection sound their whistles there for drivers. There have been two non-fatal accidents between trains and vehicles there since 2007.
Residents want the area reinstated as a quiet zone but the federal government denied their request.
So the board voted 5-0 Friday to close the intersection to drivers. That would theoretically remove the obligation for train whistles to sound.
The public will have a chance to comment on the proposal, which would also need approval from the railroad commissioner.