For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
PUCO approves upgrades of five rail crossings throughout Ohio
COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 15, 2013) – 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 five highway-rail grade crossings in Auglaize, Darke, Shelby and Stark counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:
- CSX Transportation (CSX) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Freyburg Drive/Township Road 110 (155-267V) grade crossing in Pusheta Township, Auglaize County.
- CSX will also install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Young Road/County Road 65 (538-815R) and Shaffer Road/Township Road 159 (538-799J) grade crossings in Darke County.
- CSX additionally will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Lockington Road/County Road 132 (155-224C) grade crossing in Shelby County.
- Norfolk Southern Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the E. Broadway Street (544-871L) grade crossing in Stark County.
The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by February 17, 2014. Funding for the 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. 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/.
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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