COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 20, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX Transportation (CSX), Kanawha River Railroad (KNWA) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to make the following improvements at rail crossings in Montgomery and Perry counties.
CSX will install new lights and gates at the Washington Street grade crossing in the city of Dayton, Montgomery County. This project is to be completed by Sep. 20, 2018.
KNWA will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Township Road 185 grade crossing in Jackson Township, Perry County. This project is to be completed by Dec. 20, 2018.
NS was previously ordered to install new lights and gates at the Albany Street and Washington Street grade crossing in the city of Dayton, Montgomery County. The deadline for this project has been extended and is to be completed within 60 days after CSX completes related work at Washington Street.
Federal funding for these projects is provided through the ORDC.
To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, local governments 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.
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/.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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