For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
PUCO approves upgrades of four rail crossings
COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 23, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved four highway-rail grade crossing projects in Marion, Holmes, Shelby and Huron counties.
CSX Transportation (CSX) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the grade crossing on Park Street (228-703L), village of Prospect, Marion County.
Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the grade crossing at County Road 385 (503-086C), near Loudonville, Washington Township, Holmes County.
Indiana and Ohio Railway (IORY) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the grade crossing at Meranda Road/Township Road 57 (258-673D), near Jackson Center, Salem Township, Shelby County.
Ashland Railway (ASRY) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the grade crossing at State Route 598 (152-214L), near Willard, Huron County.
All of the upgrades are to be completed no later than April 23, 2015 and will be paid for with federal funds.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since the PUCO began implementing these evaluations, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 63 in 2013.
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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