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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossings in Butler and Auglaize counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 14, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX Transportation (CSX) and the Indiana and Ohio Railway (IORY) to install warning devices at grade crossings in Butler and Auglaize counties.

CSX will be responsible for the installation of flashing lights and roadway gates at the Township Road 4(#152-434G) grade crossing near Middletown, Butler County. Meanwhile, IORY will install the same upgrades at the Township Road 130 (#258-639W) near Uniopolis, Auglaize County. The railroads are expected to complete these construction projects by Feb. 13, 2015. Funding for the upgrades will be provided by federal funds.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO may 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. The annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 63 in 2013.

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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