Tag Archives: PUCO
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.

 

 

 

 

Marion, OH: Upgrades on the way at five crossings

23 Jan

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved projects for upgrading level crossings to an automatic half-barrier configuration. Both North Greenwood Street level crossings must be upgraded by October 14th, 2015, while  the Barnhart Street, Madison Avenue and Jefferson Street crossings must be completed by July 14th, 2016. The projects will be funded by federal dollars with ongoing maintenance falling to the railway infrastructure provider.

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.

Ohio: PUCO approves eight level crossing upgrades

29 Mar

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved eight level crossings as detailed below:
– The Ann Arbor Railroad (AA) will install LED lights at the Erie Street, Albany Street, Summit Street, Erie Street and Chase Street level crossings in the city of Toledo, Lucas County. Funding for these upgrades will be shared between PUCO and AA which will also be responsible for completing the project by March 26th, 2015.
– CSX will install lights and barriers at the Green Road / Township Road 108 level crossing in Seneca County and at the Reitz Road /Township Road 101 level crossing in Wood County.
– Norfolk Southern (NS) will install lights and barriers at the Keystone Street level crossing in the city of Alliance, Stark County.

CSX and NS will be responsible for completing their projects by December 26th, 2014. Funding for these upgrades are federally funded.

Columbus, Ohio: PUCO approves crossing upgrades

30 Aug

LXinfoImage645-PUCOlogoThe Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing:
– Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to install lights and barriers at the Lippincott Road level crossing in West Township, Columbiana County. NS will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrade by May 28th, 2014. Funding for this upgrade is federal.
– Columbus & Ohio River Railroad (C&ORR) to install lights and barriers at the Innovation Way level crossing in Washington Township, Muskingum County. C&ORR will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrade by May 12th, 2014. Funding for this upgrade is federal.

Ohio: PUCO approves crossing upgrades

23 Aug

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

The RJ Corman Railroad (Western) will install lights and barriers at the South Wapak Road/Township Road 91 level crossing in Shawnee Township, Allen County. The railway company will be responsible for completing the upgrades by May 7th, 2014.

CSX Transportation will install lights and barriers at the Township Road 179 level crossing in Hale Township, Hardin County. The railway company will be responsible for completing the upgrades by May 7th, 2014.

The Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad will install lights and barriers at the Main Street/U.S. 127 level crossing in Van Wert County.The railway company will be responsible for completing the upgrades by May 7th, 2014.

The Columbus & Ohio River Railroad will install lights and barriers at the Innovation Way level crossing in Washington Township, Muskingum County. railway company will be responsible for completing the upgrades by May 12th, 2014.

Federal funding has enabled these upgrades.