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

PUCO approves the upgrades of rail crossings in Cuyahoga, Lucas counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 12, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing Cleveland Commercial Railroad to make the following improvements at rail crossings in Cuyahoga County.

Cleveland Commercial Railroad will upgrade active warning devices at the E. 116th Street grade crossing in the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County. Cleveland Commercial Railroad is to complete this construction by April 12, 2018. Federal funding for these projects is provided through the ORDC.

To increase public safety during the construction of the project, local government may seek funding from the PUCO for the cost of safety improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project locations. Funding for such improvements comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and may not exceed $5,000 per project.

Separately, the Commission approved a request from Norfolk Southern Railway to relocate the existing warning devices at the Wilkins Road/County Road 108 grade crossing in Lucas County to accommodate local track expansion. Norfolk Southern Railway should complete the project no later than Oct. 12, 2017.

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 at http://gradecrossings.puco.ohio.gov/.

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