Ohio: PUCO signs-off seven crossing upgrades

1 Aug

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on July 22, 2015 approved the federally funded upgrade of seven level crossings to automatic half-barrier status.

Five of the upgrades are to be completed by April 22nd, 2016:

  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), Netcher Road/Township Road 292, in Denmark Township, Ashtabula County
  • NS, Parks Avenue/Township Road 96, in Washington Township, Stark County
  • NS, Miller Road, in the city of Avon Lake, Lorain County
  • CSX Transportation, Stoker Road/Township Road 120, in Washington Township, Shelby County

Two further level crossing upgrades are to be completed by October 22nd, 2016:

  • Indiana & Ohio Railway (IORY), State Route 741, in the city of Mason, Warren County
  • IORY, Bethany Road, in the city of Mason, Warren County

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, local governments seek funding from the PUCO for the cost of safety improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project location. Funding for such improvements comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and may not exceed USD5,000 per project.

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