Ohio: Level crossing upgrades make good progress

10 Apr

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved seven level crossing projects in Columbiana, Defiance, Mahoning, Putnam, Seneca and Summit counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

• CSX Transportation (CSX) will install flashing lights at the State Route 18 level crossing in the city of Defiance. CSX will also install flashing lights and barriers at the St. Peter Road/Township Road 96 level crossing in Big Spring Township, Seneca County.

• Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install flashing lights and barriers at the Hazel Run Road/Township Road 879 level crossing in Washington Township, Columbiana County.

• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) will install flashing lights and barriers at the Fairway Plaza Drive (002-12 crossing in the city of Akron, Summit County.

•Youngstown & Austintown Railroad (YARR) will install flashing lights and gates at the Hazelwood Avenue level crossing in the city of Youngstown, Mahoning County.

CSX, NS, W&LE and YARR will be responsible for completing construction of their projects by January 9th, 2015. Funding for the upgrades will be provided by federal funds.

Separately, the PUCO approved an agreement between the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), CSX and the village of Columbus Grove in which CSX will install active level crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street and Broadway Street level crossings. The Maple Street crossing will be permanently closed. CSX should complete the project by April 9, 2015. Funding for these upgrades will be shared among the PUCO, ORDC, CSX and the Village.

The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. The annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 63 in 2013.

The Ohio Rail Hotline, at (866) 814-RAIL (7245), provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all level crossing questions. For more information regarding these crossings, access the Ohio railroad information system website at http://gradecrossings.puco.ohio.gov/.

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