Erdman Anthony provided scoping, preliminary engineering, final design, and construction phase services for the establishment of two new quiet zones along the heavily traveled CSXT Buffalo Terminal Subdivision and Norfolk Southern Lake Erie District. The parallel quiet zones were the first post-rule quiet zones established in New York State. Project features included:
- Preparation of design report, contract drawings, and specifications for the improvement of four grade crossings on two public roads
- Use of relatively low-cost traffic separator system on rehabilitated pavement as an alternative to median barrier and significantly more expensive wayside horns or 4-quadrant gates
- Extensive coordination with CSX and NS to renew grade crossing surfaces and upgrade signals at all four crossings, under a separate project.
The Town of Hamburg provided a “very satisfied” rating with Erdman Anthony’s work in all categories on its client satisfaction survey and commented that “Construction bids came in below engineer’s estimate, and there were no change orders during engineering or construction.” Erdman Anthony is providing similar services to the town for Phase 2 of the project, which will extend the quiet zones established under Phase 1 to include six additional grade crossings. When complete, the quiet zones will serve to improve the quality of life for over 20,000 town residents, seven schools, and numerous parks and recreation areas located within hearing range of the grade crossings.