For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
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PUCO approves upgrade of four rail crossings across Ohio
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 12, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for the installation of flashing lights and gates at four highway-rail grade crossing in Seneca, Hancock and Wood counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:
- Norfolk Southern Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Center Road/Township Road 58 (481-602S) grade crossing in Seneca County.
- CSX Transportation will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Houcktown Road/County Road 26 (513-732F) grade crossing in Hancock County.
- CSX will also install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Girton Road/Township Road 56 (228-808A) and Devil’s Hole Road/Township Road 61 (61 (228-835W) grade crossings in Wood County.
The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by June 12, 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/.
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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