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    Downtown Quiet Zone

    downtown quiet zone - railroad tracks

    The Downtown Quiet Zone is a project of interest for many residents and businesses owners who frequent Downtown Bryan. Over the past several years, the City of Bryan has been working with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on a plan to convert the downtown area into an official Quiet Zone. This will eliminate trains in that area blowing their horns at each of the 24 improved crossings in Downtown Bryan.
    There are two sets of tracks or subdivisions that run through the City. The Bryan Subdivision is the easterly set of tracks that run roughly north and south. The Quiet Zone will extend from N. Sims Avenue south to S. Main Street along this subdivision.

    The Navasota Subdivision enters the City of Bryan from the west and then turns south near 28th Street and Bryan Ave. The Quiet Zone will span from W. 28th Street to W. Pease Street on this track.

    This project has been broken into three phases:

    • Phase 1: Bryan Subdivision
    • Phase 2: Navasota Subdivision
    • Phase 3: Groesbeck Crossing

    Once the improvements to all three phases of the Downtown Quiet Zone are completed and approved by the FRA, trains will no longer sound at these crossings.

    Do you want to see the proposed improvements at each intersection? Our GIS Story Map can show you that and a whole lot more. We will walk you through the planned improvements at each crossing and show progress update photos in a neat before and after feature. Here you can also find the overall planned sequence and schedule for construction.

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    Latest Updates

    Downtown Quiet Zone construction updates: 8/19

    Downtown Quiet Zone construction updates: 8/19

    Construction on the Downtown Bryan Quiet Zone is moving at a quick pace, but residents and business owners may notice work beginning at various railroad crossings earlier than expected.

    August 19, 2021
    Downtown Quiet Zone construction starts Aug. 9

    Downtown Quiet Zone construction starts Aug. 9

    Construction is officially beginning on the first phase of the Downtown Quiet Zone project, and the contractor, Brazos Paving, Inc., has been given approval to begin work beginning on Monday Aug. 9.

    August 5, 2021
    Downtown Quiet Zone making progress

    Downtown Quiet Zone making progress

    Businesses, residents and visitors in Downtown Bryan can officially look forward to a few less train horns, as the first phase of the improvements needed to make it happen was approved at the June 8, 2021 Bryan City Council meeting.

    June 22, 2021

    downtown quiet zone - east 23rd street railroad crossing

    Timeline

    Phase 1: Bryan Subdivision

    Construction is expected to begin on Aug. 9, 2021 and is estimated to take six to eight months, weather permitting. This schedule is subject to change.

    Varying improvements, including medians, islands, sidewalks, striping, signage and gate arm improvements are planned for the following intersections:

    Outside of Railroad ROW

    E. 29th Street

    Start: Aug. 9
    End: Aug. 27

    E. 28th Street

    Start: Aug. 11
    End: Sept. 2

    E. 26th Street

    Start: Sept. 3
    End: Sept. 27

    E. 24th Street

    Start: Sept. 7
    End: Sept. 23

    E. 23rd Street

    Start: Sept. 24
    End: Oct. 13

    E. 22nd Street

    Start: Sept. 28
    End: Oct. 18

    E. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

    Start: Oct. 19
    End: Nov. 4

    E. 15th Street

    Start: Oct. 19
    End: Nov. 15

    Inside of Railroad ROW

    E. 15th Street

    Start: Nov. 16
    End: Nov. 23

    E. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

    Start: Nov. 24
    End: Jan. 5, 2022

    E. 22nd Street

    Start: Jan. 6, 2022
    End: Jan. 13, 2022

    E. 23rd Street

    Start: Jan. 14, 2022
    End: Jan. 25, 2022

    E. 24th Street

    Start: Jan. 14, 2022
    End: Jan. 25, 2022

    William Joel Bryan Parkway

    Start: Jan. 14, 2022
    End: Jan. 27, 2022

    E. 26th Street

    Start: Jan. 28, 2022
    End: Feb. 8, 2022

    E. 28th Street

    Start: Jan. 28, 2022
    End: Feb. 8, 2022

    E. 29th Street

    Start: Jan. 28, 2022
    End: Feb. 8, 2022

    W. 32nd Street

    Start: Feb. 22, 2022
    End: March 11, 2022

    In addition to the intersections above, a wayside horn will be installed at Pease Street. This provides directional warning to oncoming traffic to warn of an approaching train. The installation of this mechanism is to be completed outside the Phase 1 contract with Brazos Paving, Inc.

    Phase 2: Navasota Subdivision

    Construction could begin before the end of 2021 and is expected to take six months.

    Varying improvements, including medians, islands, sidewalks, striping, signage and gate arm improvements are planned for the following intersections:

    • W. 29th Street
    • S. Bryan Avenue
    • W. 28th Street
    • S.Parker Avenue
    • S. Sims Street
    • Pedestrian walkway between the Clara B Mounce and Carnegie Libraries
    • S. Reed Street
    • Brazos Avenue
    • Graham Road

    Phase 3: Groesbeck Crossing

    The design for the intersection improvements have been completed. The improvements include minor realignment, the addition of sidewalks, and a signal on both sides of the train tracks. There is not currently a timeline for construction of this phase, as that is contingent upon Union-Pacific Railroad approving documentation and making trackside improvements.

    Still Have Questions?

    If you still have questions, or would like more information about the Downtown Quiet Zone project, please contact:

    Rachel Gaddis, EIT
    Phone: 979.209.5030
    Email: rgaddis@bryantx.gov

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