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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades of four rail crossings throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 5, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization at four highway-rail grade crossings in Crawford, Darke, Medina and Preble counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Malcolm Road/Township Road 96 (481-553X) grade crossing in Crawford County. NS will be responsible for completing construction by March 5, 2014.    
  • CSX Transportation (CSX) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Younker Road/Township Road 160 (538-800B) grade crossing in Darke County. The railroad will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrade by March 5, 2014.   
  • CSX will also install active grade crossing warning devices at the Buffham Road (142-509B) grade crossing in Medina County. Funding for this upgrade will be shared among the PUCO, the railroad, the county, the township and the Ohio Rail Development Commission. NS will be responsible for completing construction by June 5, 2014.
  • NS will relocate the flasher-gate mechanisms in the northwest and southeast quadrants and replace the existing 16-foot gate arms with 22-foot gate arms at the Park Avenue (525-095M) grade crossing in the city of Eaton, Preble County. NS will be responsible for completing construction by March 5, 2014.      

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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