30 Nov

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has granted CSX Transportation’s petition, submitted in March 2014, to close the level crossing at Bloomingrove / New Winchester Road in Washington Township to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The decision belatedly follows local public meetings in July 2014 and an evidentiary hearing in March this year.

The closure of the level crossing was opposed by Morrow County Commissioners, officials and residents despite a lack of demonstrable need for the crossing to remain in use.

In announcing its decision, PUCO stated that the passive crossing is currently ranked 110th most dangerous level crossing in Ohio out of approximately 5,800 crossings. PUCO also said that there is no documented accident history at this crossing. Closing the crossing will not have any significant impact on the operations of the local fire departments and EMS services, according to PUCO.

The PUCO said that they considered the traffic moment, speed of trains, poor sight lines, the distance between the tracks and the skewed nature of the crossing; thus determining that the is level crossing to be particularly dangerous.

 

 

 

 

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