Waverly was largely the result of the railway passing through this area. Although, the railroad did help get the city started, trains come through Waverly so frequently that many residents find the train’s horns a nuisance. As a result, the city decided to proceed with a Quiet Zone.
When the problem was first confronted, the city had two options, build an overpass, or develop a quiet zone. The overpass would have crossed at 148th street and in order to accomplish the city’s goal of getting the noise down both the 148th street and 141st street crossings would have to be closed. The 141st street crossing is the city’s most frequently used crossing. Along side this issue, the construction of an overpass was a much more expensive project than the quiet zone. The projected cost of the construction of an overpass was fifteen million dollars versus the quiet zones cost of approximately 1.3 million dollars.
The purpose of the Quiet Zone is to make railway crossings safer so that train conductors are not required to blow their horns at crossings. Part of this plan included the construction of concrete medians and the construction of a drive from 148th St. for the two acreages east of Millard Lumber. Their prior drive east of Millard Lumber off of HWY 6 was closed as part of the project. The median was designed to prevent people from driving around the cross arms. The conductor will still reserve the right to blow the horn in the event a car or animal is in the crossing.
No tax dollars were used for the quiet zone. It was funded by the Lancaster County Railroad Transportation Safety District.
The construction of the Quiet Zone started on April 15, 2013. The Quiet Zone was implemented on September 12, 2013. It has probably been the most appreciated project, by the residents, that the City has completed.