COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 31, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the petition of OHI-Rail Corporation (OHIC) to close a rail crossing in Carroll County and approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX Transportation (CSX) to upgrade a rail crossing in Delaware County.
The village of Minerva is directed to close the W. Plain Street crossing in Minerva, Carroll County to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic by Nov. 31, 2017.
CSX will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates, with one set of cantilevered lights and advanced traffic preemption, at High Street/State Route 229, Ashley, Delaware County. The grade crossing improvement project is to be completed by Aug. 31, 2017 and will be paid for by federal funds.
To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, local governments may seek funding from the PUCO for the cost of safety improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project location. Funding for such improvements comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and may not exceed $5,000 per project.
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 72 in 2015.
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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