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Train whistle outcry gets louder in North Fond du Lac

NORTH FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in the Village of North Fond du Lac want to silence some train whistles that are apparently giving them sleepless nights.

Trains going through a Canadian National rail switchyard at Lakeshore Drive have sounded their whistles. 

According to the North Fond du Lac Village Board, the Federal Railroad Administration has made it mandatory the whistles are sounded at that spot. 

Board members indicate the reason is due to two non-fatal accidents involving vehicles and trains that have happened since 2007.

The board has asked the federal government to reinstate a quiet zone in that area, but it denied the request. 

On Friday, board members voted 5-0 to close that intersection to drivers in order to reinstate the quiet zone.

There would be a special gate made to allow emergency vehicles through. 

It's an idea many citizens support, because people say the sirens go off every few minutes and are so loud they can be heard blocks away.

“On a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest I would rate them at ten. Everyone around here's fed up with it. I have friends that live down the road that are; you know they hear it day in and day out, all night long. Can't get any sleep it wakes you up. They lay on them pretty good,” Mike Freund told FOX 11.

The board's approval of closing the road is not the final step. There will need to be public comment on the matter, as well as approval from the railroad commissioner. That process could take up to three months.