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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades of four rail crossings across Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 12, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved four highway-rail grade crossing projects in Franklin, Lorain and Medina counties.

CSX Transportation (CSX) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install and interconnect mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Old Cooke Road 518-245B (CSX) and 481-470J (NS) highway-rail grade crossings in the city of Columbus, Franklin County.

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Pitts Road/County Road 64 (473-592T) highway-rail grade crossing in Lorain County.

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by Dec. 12, 2014. The Ohio Rail Development Commission has authorized funding for these upgrades.  

In addition, the PUCO also approved a stipulation directing WLE to install active grade crossing warning devices at the Guilford Boulevard (002-090H) highway-rail grade crossing in the city of Medina, Medina County. Funding for this project will be provided by the PUCO, the city of Medina and the railroad.

WLE will be responsible for completing construction of this upgrade by March 12, 2015.

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/.

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