Tag Archives: CSX
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.

 

 

 

 

Hardeeville, SC: Keep a bridge over a disused railway?

8 Apr

A road bridge on Speedway Boulevard in Hardeeville over a CSX Transportation (CSX) right-of-way is due for replacement. This has prompted the State DoT to recommend that the bridge over what is presently a disused CSX right-of-way is replaced with an at-grade crossing. This solution has an estimated cost of USD1.9 million, more than USD3.0 million less than keeping the bridge over the railway.

However, the DoT preferred solution has not found favour with the Jasper County Transportation Committee which at its meeting on March 25th, 2015, voted to record their opposition to the elimination of the bridge as they are concerned that should the railway become operational, for example if the talked about port is built, the funding to reinstate the bridge would not be forthcoming.

In so far as the DoT is concerned, the condition of the bridge will require the imposition of a weight restriction. in the first instance the restriction is generally 25 tons and as the bridge deteriorates this would be reduced to eight tons at which point any further deterioration of the bridge would require that it is closed to all traffic.

Pinellas County, FL: Two crossing upgrade projects get County OK

23 Jan

Pinellas County Commissioners have approved two improvement schemes on CSX Transportation’s (CSX) right-of-way.

An approved construction agreement with CSX  at 49th Street in Pinellas Park at a cost of USD 320,954. The project, funded by Penny for Pinellas tax, provides for installation of a pre-fabricated tieless tub style concrete crossing.

Similarly, agreement provides for upgrading the Hercules Avenue level crossing of the CSX right-of-way in Clearwater at a cost of USD 455,031 includes moving, modifying, relocating train preemption circuitry and crossing warning devices, installation of  new cabling a new pre-fabricated tieless tub style concrete level crossing.

College Park, MD: Unusual crossing configuration

21 Dec

The unusual configuration of a level crossing warning sign before a pedestrian and cyclist subway is to be found at College Park’s Washington Metro station in Prince George’s County. The reason is that while the Washington Metro is grade-separated, the parallel CSX right-of-way is crossed at-grade.091130-3

North Carolina: NCDoT funded upgrade projects completed

21 Dec

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDoT) and US Department of Transportation co-funded projects to install lights and barriers at the Boyd and Liberty Streets level crossings of the CSX right-of-way in Winterville, Pitt Count, have been completed. Likewise, the level crossings at the intersection of Moody Town and Goode Roads and the CSX right-of-way near Marion, McDowell County.

NCDoT and the US Department of Transportation also installed lights and barriers at the intersection of Piney Green Road and the Camp LeJeune Railroad’s right of-way in Jacksonville, Onslow County.

These projects in North Carolina are a part of a state-wide NCDoT programme to improve safety by adding active protection at public level crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public level crossings in North Carolina.

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.

Columbus, OH: PUCO approves four crossing upgrades

27 Jul

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved four level crossing upgrades as follows

– CSX will install lights and barriers at the Park Street level crossing in the Village of Prospect, Marion County.

– Norfolk Southern will install lights and barriers at the County Road 385 level crossing, near Loudonville, Washington Township, Holmes County.

– The Indiana and Ohio Railway will install lights and barriers at the Meranda Road/Township Road 57 level crossing, near Jackson Center, Salem Township, Shelby County.

The Ashland Railway will install lights and barriers at the State Route 598 level crossing, near Willard, Huron County.

All of the above federally funded projects are to be completed no later than April 23, 2015.