Quiet zones will be created at crossings along a stretch of railroad tracks just over 2.5 miles long, going from southern Shoreview down the west side of Little Canada at a cost of nearly $2 million, funded by the state. Safety improvements like crossing arms will be installed at the crossings, making it no longer a requirement for crossing trains to use their horns. From the top marked by dots, crossings will be improved at North Owasso Boulevard, Jerrold Avenue, Woodlyn Avenue, South Owasso Boulevard, Little Canada Road, Demont Avenue, County Road B2 and County Road B. (courtesy of Google Maps)
Railroad should complete work by early 2016
Almost a year after the Minnesota Legislature set aside nearly $2 million intended to lessen the noise at railroad crossings in Shoreview and Little Canada, deals are in place to move forward with railroad quiet zone plans.
Shoreview approved deals with the state and the railroad at its May 4 council meeting and Little Canada is expected to do the same during a rescheduled council meeting on May 11, after the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
A house fire the evening of April 18 on the 1400 block of Pinewood Drive in Shoreview spread to two neighboring houses, damaging all three, though no injuries were reported, according to the Lake Johanna Fire Department.
A 21-year-old Shoreview man is accused of dragging his 15-year-old girlfriend from her St. Paul home and into his car, where he forced her to stay while he drove off, allegedly declaring, "You'll never see your parents again!" on March 28.
The Rice Street Bridge over Interstate-694 seen from the east during non-peak traffic times. During rush hours, city officials say, traffic on the bridge backs up onto the interstate. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)
A large and looming roadway reconstruction project on the Interstate-694 corridor has area mayors wondering, “What about the Rice Street bridge?”