Glendale officials took the final steps this week to move ahead with upgrading another railroad crossing in the San Fernando Road Corridor — a project that could eventually make the area quieter for nearby residents.
The $2-million project at Broadway Avenue/Brazil Street is one of many railroad crossing improvements on the city’s radar. Construction work has already begun on crossings at Glendale and Sonora avenues.
“I know we have been looking forward to getting those improvements,” said Councilman Ara Najarian, who with his colleagues on Tuesday voted to give the final go-ahead on the project.
Making the crossings safer could qualify the city for a “quiet zone.” Engineers are required to sound their horns before each rail crossing, but quiet-zone status can be earned with certain safety improvements, including upgraded signals and vehicle gates, or by eliminating crossings altogether.
The train horns have long been a source of complaints from residents in Pelanconi Estates, which lies just across San Fernando Road from the railroad track north of the Broadway/Brazil crossing.