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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades of four rail crossings throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 11, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission at four highway-rail grade crossings in Fayette, Licking and Stark counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

  • Indiana & Ohio Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Millikan Avenue (153-761V) grade crossing in the city of Washington Courthouse, Fayette County.  
  • Columbus & Ohio River Railroad will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Union Station Road/County Road 135 (151-804E) and Canyon Road/Township Road 137 (151-803X) grade crossings in Union Township, Licking County.
  • Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Tuscarawas Street (474-327G) grade crossing in the village of Navarre, Stark County.

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by June 11, 2014. Funding for these 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/.

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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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