For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
PUCO approves upgrades of three rail crossings in Ohio
COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 11, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization at three highway-rail grade crossings in Carroll, Coshocton and Cuyahoga counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:
- Columbus & Ohio River Railroad (CUOH) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the County Road 254 (517-369R) grade crossing in Oxford Township, Coshocton County. CUOH will be responsible for completing construction by March 12, 2014.
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad (W&LE) will install warning lights and gates at the State Route (212 473-080B) grade crossing in Carroll County. Funding for this upgrade will be shared among the PUCO, the railroad and the Ohio Rail Development Commission. W&LE will be responsible for completing construction by June 12, 2014.
- Flats Industrial Railroad Company (FIRC) will upgrade 8-inch incandescent lights to 12-inch LED lights at the Columbus Road (523-949V) grade crossing in the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County. FIRC will be responsible for completing the project by June 12, 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/.
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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