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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO approves changes to 16 Stark County rail crossings

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the request of Norfolk Southern Railway Company (Norfolk Southern) to relocate or modify grade crossing warning devices on its Fort Wayne line in Canton, Stark County.

The requested modifications include the addition, removal and relocation of mast-mounted lights and gates.

Modifications will take place at the following rail crossings in Canton, Ohio:

  • Rowland Avenue NE – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Third Street NE – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Tuscarawas Street – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices as close to the remaining tracks as possible.
  • Market Street S – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • High Avenue SW – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Prospect Road SW – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices on both sides of the crossing closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Dueber Road SW – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks and add an extra set of flashing lights for the driveway located near the crossing.
  • Clarendon Avenue SW – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Maryland Avenue SW – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks.
  • Sixth Street NE – After partial removal of track, relocate the warning devices closer to the remaining tracks and remove the gate and lights from the eastbound one-way street crossing.
  • Eighth Street NE – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to the remaining tracks and install mast mounted lights and gate on the northwest side of the crossing.
  • Cleveland Avenue SW – After partial removal of track, remove flashing lights on the southbound one-way street crossing and add a gate on the south side of the crossing.
  • Madison Street SE/Third Street SE – After partial removal of track, remove gate and lights from the westbound one-way street crossing and install backlights (additional flashing lights) on the west side of the crossing.
  • Fifth Street NE – After partial removal of track, relocate warning devices closer to remaining tracks, remove gate and lights from the westbound one-way street crossing, and install additional gates on the north side of the crossing.
  • Second Street NE – After partial removal of track, remove the gate and lights on the eastbound on-way street crossing and install a “no left turn” sign for westbound traffic on Bender Court NE.
  • McKinley Avenue SW – After partial removal of track, remove flashing lights on the south side of the one-way street crossing and install standard flashing lights on the existing north side crossing gates.

The grade crossing projects are to be completed by April 4, 2019, with all costs for the project being covered by Norfolk Southern. PUCO staff is to be notified once work begins and will conduct follow-up inspections to verify that modifications have been made as approved.

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 64 in 2016.
The Ohio Rail Hotline, at (866) 814-RAIL (7245), provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all railroad crossing questions. For more information regarding these crossings, access the Ohio railroad information system website.

More information regarding the company’s request and specific modifications may be found on the PUCO website. A copy of the company’s application is available by searching the Docketing Information System and entering case number 16-1592-RR-RCP.

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