COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the request of Norfolk Southern Railway Company (Norfolk Southern) to relocate or modify grade crossing warning devices on its Fort Wayne line in Canton, Stark County.
The requested modifications include the addition, removal and relocation of mast-mounted lights and gates.
Modifications will take place at the following rail crossings in Canton, Ohio:
The grade crossing projects are to be completed by April 4, 2019, with all costs for the project being covered by Norfolk Southern. PUCO staff is to be notified once work begins and will conduct follow-up inspections to verify that modifications have been made as approved.
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 64 in 2016.
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.
More information regarding the company’s request and specific modifications may be found on the PUCO website. A copy of the company’s application is available by searching the Docketing Information System and entering case number 16-1592-RR-RCP.
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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