For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 23, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved an agreement with Michigan Southern Railway and the city of Napoleon in Henry County for three rail crossing projects.
The projects include installing active grade crossing warning devices at the Oakwood Avenue (477-641B), Woodlawn Avenue (477-644W) and Haley Avenue (477-645D) grade crossings.
The railroad will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by Oct. 23, 2014. Funding for the projects will be shared by the railroad and the PUCO.
To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO will assist the local government 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. 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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