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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossings in Medina and Montgomery counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 2, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) for CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway to install flashing lights and gates at grade crossings in Medina and Montgomery counties, respectively.

CSX will install flashing lights and roadway gates at the Lafayette Road/State Route 42 (142-498R) grade crossing in Medina County.  The railroad will be responsible for completing this project by May 2, 2013.  Funding for this upgrade will be shared among the PUCO, ORDC, and railroad.

Norfolk Southern will install flashing lights and roadway gates at the Farmington Road/County Road 66 (524-662Y) grade crossing in Montgomery County. The railroad will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by Feb. 4, 2013.  Funding for these upgrades 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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