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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades of eight rail crossings throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 26, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved eight highway-rail grade crossing projects in Lucas, Seneca, Stark and Wood counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

  • Ann Arbor Railroad (AAR) will upgrade eight-inch incandescent lights to 12-inch LED lights at the Erie Street (473-894V), Albany Street (473-907U), Summit Street (509-126T), Erie Street (509-124E) and Chase Street (510-101U) grade crossings in the city of Toledo, Lucas County. Funding for these upgrades will be shared by the PUCO and the railroad. AAR will be responsible for completing the projects by March 26, 2015.
  • CSX Transportation (CSX) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Green Road/Township Road 108 (228-779S) highway-rail grade crossing in Seneca County.
  • CSX will also install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Reitz Road/Township Road 101 (155-810W) highway-rail grade crossing in Wood County.
  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Keystone Street (503-012K) highway-rail grade crossing in the city of Alliance, Stark County.

CSX and NS will be responsible for completing construction of their projects by December 26, 2014. Funding for the upgrades will be provided by federal funds.

To increase public safety during the construction of the CSX and NS 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. 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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