Columbus, OH: PUCO signs-off level crossing upgrades

18 Nov

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has authorised the following level crossing warning device upgrades:

  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS): Installation of LED lights, new gates mechanisms and upgraded circuitry at the crossing at N. Kenova Street in the village of South Point, Lawrence County (473-405H)
  • CSX Transportation: Installation of flashing lights and gates at the crossing at Shirk Road/County Road 224, near Marysville, Union County (513-815U)
  • Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE): Installation of flashing lights and gates at the crossing at Schwemly Road/Township Road 41 in Chatfield Township, Crawford County (001-938R)
  • WLE: Installation of flashing lights and gates at the crossing at Newton Street/Jefferson Street in the city of Norwalk, Huron County (473-638E)
  • WLE: Installation of flashing lights and gates at the crossing at Williams Road/Township Road 27 in Ridgefield Township, Huron County (473-650L)

The upgrades above are to be completed no later than July 29th, 2015 and will be paid for with federal funds.

Previously, PUCO authorised the following upgrades of level crossings of the NS right-of-way:

  • Installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the crossing at Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, city of Fairborn, Greene County (527-810B)
  • Installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the crossing at Solida Road, village of South Point, Lawrence County (473-407W)
  • Upgrade of existing mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the crossing at Fourth Street, village of South Point, Lawrence County (473-408D)

These upgrades are to be completed no later than July 1st, 2015 and will be paid for with federal funds.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the local government may apply with the PUCO for assistance with the cost of safety improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project location. Funding for these improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed USD5,000.

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

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