COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 30, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to install active warning devices at the Walbridge East Road/Township Road 68 crossing in Allen Township, Ottawa County.
The grade crossing improvement is to be completed by August 30, 2018 and will be paid for by federal funds.
Separately, the PUCO approved a request by CSX Transportation (CSX) to extend the completion date of the rail crossing upgrade at High Street/State Route 229, village of Ashley, Delaware County, to accommodate road construction. The grade crossing improvement is to be completed by March 31, 2018.
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 locations. 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.
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