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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of five rail crossings throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 11, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to install flashing lights and gates at five highway-rail grade crossings in Fairfield, Henry, Logan, Preble and Shelby counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

CSX Transportation

  • Maple Street (155-757M), village of Deshler, Henry County
  • County Road 26 (513-790B), Logan County
  • Johnston-Slagle Road/Township Road 32 (538-738T), Shelby County

Norfolk Southern Railway

  • Lancaster-New Lexington Road/State Route 37 (513-418W), Fairfield County
  • East Somers Street (525-103C), Preble County

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by April 11, 2013. Funding for the projects will be provided by federal funds.

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 locations. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.

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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