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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossing in Franklin County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 22, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization directing Norfolk Southern Railway Company to upgrade 8-inch incandescent lights to 12-inch lights at the Weber Road (481-467B) grade crossing in the city of Columbus, Franklin County.

The railroad will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrade by May 22, 2014. Funding for this project will be shared by the railroad and the PUCO.

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/.

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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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