For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
PUCO approves upgrades for seven rail crossings
COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 11, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved seven highway-rail grade crossing projects in Defiance, Paulding, Huron, Richland and Wood counties. The upgrades have been approves as follows:
CSX Transportation (CSX) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the grade crossing on Cross Creek Road (155-801X), Tontogony, Wood County no later than June 11, 2015. Funding for the project will be shared among the PUCO, the Ohio Rail Development Commission and CSX.
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the following grade crossings no later than March 11, 2015. Funding for these projects will be provided by federal funds.
Woodlawn Road (473-634C), Norwalk, Huron County
Riggs Avenue (001-973E), Plymouth, Richland County
Michigan Southern Railroad (MSO) will upgrade the circuitry at the following grade crossings no later than June 11, 2015. Funding for these projects will be shared among the PUCO and MSO.
Fifth Street (477-687P), Defiance, Defiance County
Davidson Street (477-692L), Defiance, Defiance County
U.S. Route 127 (477-808K), Cecil, Paulding County
Main Street/State Route 49 (477-823M), Antwerp, Paulding County (will also upgrade flashing lights)
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since the PUCO began implementing these evaluations, 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/.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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