Little Canada and Shoreview are still waiting on the Canadian Pacific Railroad to improve rail crossings in the cities to make them quiet zones so that crossing trains can silence their horns. The state set aside some $2 million for the work, which is now likely to be completed by early 2016. A 2.5-mile stretch of track and eight crossings are targeted; all the crossings must become quiet zones because train horns can carry long distances. 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)
Nearly two months after Shoreview and Little Canada finalized agreements with Canadian Pacific Railroad for train quiet zones, a timeline for the completion of the zones is still up in the air.
A trailhead rest area, a loop of 10-foot-wide bituminous trail, overlooks, natural surface trails and habitat restoration are planned for the Snail Lake Marsh area off the Highway 96 Regional Trail in Shoreview. A previous version of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation plan for the area featured more paved trails. This addition to the nearly 9-mile-long Highway 96 trail is yet a ways off — funding and planning for it will have to wait until both the Ramsey County Board and Metropolitan Council sign off on it. (courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)
County seeking to expand trail into Snail Lake Marsh area
Shoreview recently gave some input and the go-ahead to Ramsey County Parks and Recreation to move forward with an amendment to its Highway 96 Regional Trail Plan that concerns expanding trails into the Snail Lake Marsh area.
The Shoreview City Council discussed what they'd like to see happen on the 47 acres of land around the marsh that is owned by Ramsey County at its May 18 meeting.
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.