Erie County is considering entering into an agreement with Hamburg that will expedite construction of a railroad quiet zone on Rogers Road.
The road is owned by Erie County, and county highway crews are concerned the plows will have difficulty plowing the narrower road when the quiet zone is constructed. But the county wants to turn over two miles of Rogers to the town.
“The arrangement shows the results of cooperation between county and town governments, and how that cooperation can better serve residents,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said in a news release.
Poloncarz sent a sample resolution to the Legislature authorizing the county to enter a memorandum of understanding with the town. It is being considered by the Legislature’s Economic Development Committee. The town has indicated it would take over the section of road from Pleasant Avenue to Route 5, as long as the county makes improvements to the road, Poloncarz said.
The quiet zone would reduce the noise level for the surrounding community, since trains would not have to blow their horns at the crossing. The quiet zone would consist of new medians near the railroad crossings on Rogers and one on Cloverbank Road, a town road, to make it difficult for drivers to get around lowered gates at crossings.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., secured $475,000 in federal funding for the town’s construction costs.