Friday, January 15, 2010

Arboreal sound barrier on track in Mokena, Ill.

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Residents who live next to the Canadian National Railway tracks in Mokena, Ill., could see trees planted as barriers between their homes and the tracks as early as this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Village Board approved a landscape buffer plan for the area in the southwest corner of the village.

Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said the village got $450,000 in noise mitigation funds from the railroad.

"All the funding is coming from CNR," Zoellner said.

Residents agreed that landscaping would be more attractive and require less maintenance than a fence or a wall, he said. The plan, he said, is to take bids on the project in February and present them to the Village Board for approval in March.

If the weather is favorable, the buffer would be installed in May. If the spring weather is inclement, the planting would be done in the fall, he said. The $393,000-project will include a warranty and maintenance for three years, he said.

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