PUCO approves two rail crossing projects in Tuscarawas and Wayne counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 2, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved two highway-rail grade crossings projects in Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. The projects include:
- RJ Corman Railroad will install cantilevered flashing lights at the State Route 800/Wooster Avenue (142-654A) grade crossing in the city of Dover, Tuscarawas County. The railroad will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrade by July 2, 2014. Funding for this upgrade will be provided by federal funds. To increase public safety during the construction of the project, the PUCO will assist the local government 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.
- Closure of the Township Road 500/Schrock Road (503-059F) grade crossing in the city of Orrville, Wayne County. Norfolk Southern Railway and the city will be responsible for completing the project by December 16, 2013.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. The annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 71 in 2012.
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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