New ‘wayside horn’ system that will reduce train noise pollution in Merriam expected to go on line in early December

The crossing at 67th and Carter will be one of the three Merriam crossings affected by the switch in warning systems.
The crossing at 67th and Carter will be one of the three Merriam crossings affected by the switch in warning systems.

Residents in the Merriam neighborhoods near the railroad crossings at Carter Avenue just west of I-35 should be sleeping a lot better starting early next month.

One of the new wayside horns mounted on a pole. Photo via city of Merriam.
One of the new wayside horns mounted on a pole. Photo via city of Merriam.

Two years after the city first began working with BNSF Railroad on the idea, the rail company is planning on switching over to an automated train horn system that will drastically reduce the reach of the thousands of horn blasts trains make when heading through Merriam.