For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
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PUCO approves rail projects in Hardin, Summit and Williams counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 9, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization directing CSX Transportation and Metro Regional Transit Authority (MRTA) to install upgrades at highway-rail grade crossings in Hardin and Summit counties, respectively.
CSX will install flashing lights and gates at the County Road 200 grade crossing (513-779B), located near Ridgeway, Hardin County. The railroad is directed to complete the project by Oct. 9, 2013.
MRTA will upgrade 8-inch flashing lights to 12-inch LED flashing lights at the Kelly Street (142-920U) and Third Street (231-553J) grade crossings in the city of Akron, Summit County. The railroad is directed to complete the upgrades by January 9, 2014.
To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO will assist the local governments with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the project location. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.
Separately, the PUCO approved an agreement between the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), St. Joseph Township and Norfolk Southern Railway to permanently close the Township Road 6C (509-561A) grade crossing in St. Joseph Township, Williams County.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Over the past decade, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 64 in 2011.
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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