MISHAWAKA--- The barriers feature a raised curb and reflective, protective barriers. Gary is the latest city in the state to use them. Mishawaka is one of two cities in Indiana that uses the barriers to keep drivers safe in whistle-free areas.
For drivers on a stretch of Main Street in Mishawaka, a flashing red signal and a dropping gate are the only warning signs that a train, travelling at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, is on the track.
A hastily-made decision to cross the tracks often has deadly consequences.
Two cross markers adjacent to the tracks serve as proof of that.
City officials in Mishawaka have taken steps to improve safety at railroad crossings so drivers don't have to hear a train blow its horn.
The city's had a whistle ban for four-decades.
"It's a quality of life issue to have train whistles blowing all hours of the night," said Gary West, City Engineer.