As of February 2018 all rail crossings in the City of Elk River are a designated quiet zones. Rail Traffic will not sound their warning horns as they cross the vehicular crossings in the city.
There are exceptions, and trains may sound their horns under certain conditions:
- Starting to move after a complete stop, such as at the NorthStar Commuter Rail station.
- When work is taking place along the tracks.
- Situations where the train engineer feels the horn is needed for safety.
The City Council made a commitment to create a quiet zone in Elk River. With this direction, worked with the Federal Rail Authority; BNSF and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to obtain approvals and installation of all required safety devices at all of the crossings.
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The City of Elk River uses a computer based Pavement Management Program to track the condition and maintenance needs of all streets within the city. This program includes data from the rating and evaluation of nearly 1,300 individual street segments. Through the analysis of this information staff uses the program to develop a list of projects to be completed in the coming years. Maintenance projects in Elk River are completed every other year. These projects are funded completely with revenue collected from the city franchise fee and our current State Aid allocations. The maps below include the preliminary recommendations for upcoming projects to be completed. Before a project is finalized and recommended to the Council for construction, staff will perform a final detailed review of each segment to assure the preliminary recommendation is appropriate for the current condition of the street.