For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Gilham
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PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossings in Hardin, Knox counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 4, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX and Columbus & Ohio River Railroad (C&O) to install flashing lights and gates at grade crossings in Hardin and Knox counties, respectively.
CSX will install lights and gates at the South Wayne Street (513-768N) grade crossing in Kenton, Hardin County. C&O will install lights and gates at the Sycamore Road/County Road 27 (152-062S) grade crossing near Mt. Vernon, Knox County.
Funding for the upgrades will be provided through federal funds. The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by Oct. 4, 2012.
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 location. Funding for the improvement will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund, and will not exceed $5,000 per project.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating
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
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