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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades of six rail crossings throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 23, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved six highway-rail grade crossing projects in Butler, Hamilton and Hardin counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

CSX Transportation (CSX) will install flashing lights and roadway gates at the U.S. Route 68 (513-748C) grade crossing, near Dunkirk in Hardin County.

Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) will install flashing lights and roadway gates at following grade crossings:

  • Hamilton-Eaton Road/County Road 180 (525-190H), Collinsville, Butler County
  • Beech Street (524-746U) and Murray Road (524-742S), Village of St. Bernard, Hamilton County
  • Davis Street (524-724U) and Smalley Road (524-719X), Village of Lockland, Hamilton County

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of their projects by Jan. 23, 2015. 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 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/.

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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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