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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrades to rail crossings in Licking, Stark and Wood counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 2, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization at three highway-rail grade crossings in Licking, Stark and Wood counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

  • Columbus & Ohio River Railroad (CUOH) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the 30th Street (151-798D) grade crossing in the city of Newark, Licking County. CUOH will be responsible for completing construction by April 2, 2014.    
  • Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Park Street (474-323E) grade crossing in the village of Navarre, Stark County. W&LE will be responsible for completing construction by April 2, 2014.
  • CSX Transportation (CSX) will modernize the warning system at the U.S. 20/Fremont Pike (513-606L) grade crossing in Wood County. CSX will be responsible for completing the project by Jan. 3, 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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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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