For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 1, 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 seven highway-rail grade crossings in Ashtabula, Fayette, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:
The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of these upgrades by May 1, 2013. Funding for the upgrades will be provided by federal funds.
Additionally, W&LE will install flashing lights and gates at the Herrick Road (472-688E) grade crossing in Twinsburg, Summit County. Funding for this upgrade will be shared among the PUCO, city of Twinsburg and the railroad. W&LE will be responsible for completing construction by Aug. 1, 2013.
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 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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