The City of Fort Worth is spearheading the Railroad Quiet Zones project in an effort to secure federal funding to assist with installing quiet zones at 14 crossings up the Union Pacific Railroad from IH 820 in Haltom City to SH 170 in Westlake
- Bear Creek Parkway
- Golden Triangle Road
- Keller-Hicks Road
The improvements required to convert the Bear Creek Parkway crossing into a quiet zone were completed Nov. 13, 2014 and the crossing went quiet in December 2014 following the standard 21-day noticing period.
The Golden Triangle crossing has already been improved, but is not yet active. Because most of the crossings that affect Keller are close together and locomotives are required to sound their whistles within 1/8th mile in advance of each crossing, some of the crossings along the route will need to be activated at the same time to be effective. Golden Triangle’s proximity to Keller-Hicks, which has not yet been improved, makes it one of these cases.
The Keller-Hicks crossing is complicated by the expense of improvements and the need to coordinate with the City of Fort Worth; the rail crossing itself is in Keller, but the Katy Road/Keller Hicks Road intersection is in Fort Worth. Estimates for Keller’s share of this project are as high as $1.8 million. The design and engineering for the Keller-Hicks crossing, including improvements to Keller's portion of the road itself, was approved in the FY 2016 budget. Construction, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, is tentatively slated for FY 2017.
City leaders also anticipate some level of partnership may be required for the Katy Road/Mt.Gilead crossing, though the extent of each city’s contributions has not yet been determined. In that case, the intersection and railroad crossing are both in Fort Worth, but Keller has interests in having it go quiet and in having Fort Worth extend one of the roads on their side of the border (Timberland) through to Hwy. 377, aligned with Mt. Gilead Road. Some of the railroad’s requirements for quiet zones regarding “channelization” of a road as it approaches an upgraded crossing may also require work on the Keller side of the border.
Union Pacific Second Track
Union Pacific has announced plans to construct a second track that would run west of the current one, parallel to it along eight crossings from Roanoke to Fort Worth.
To watch a presentation Union Pacific officials gave the Keller City Council on their plans for the second track, please CLICK HERE (select Item D-1)
More recently, UP has indicated that the second track project may be delayed until late 2016 or early 2017. Quiet zone improvements at Katy Road/Keller-Hicks and Katy Road/Mt. Gilead may see delays related to the second track's installation. The city is also researching what modifications, if any, will be needed at the Golden Triangle and Bear Creek Parkway crossings once the second track is laid.