I have heard of some older homes that have problems with their foundations because of the vibrations of trains on nearby railroad tracks. I am considering building where my home would be about 200 to 250 feet from a railroad. Are there any concerns about a modern home having problems related to the proximity of the railroad?
Excessive ground vibration can always be a problem. Extra steps can be taken to help eliminate it. Wider, deeper footings with steel rebar reinforcement will help. Are you planning on having a basement? If so you want to add some vertical rebar in the block wall about 32” oc with concrete fill around them and a concrete filled bond beam to cap the top of the foundation.
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