For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO approves the upgrade of rail crossings in Franklin, Harrison and Ottawa counties

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 11, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing the installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the following crossings in Franklin, Harrison and Ottawa counties.

Indiana and Ohio Railway will upgrade the crossings at First Street and Central Avenue in Urbancrest, Franklin County.

Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and Columbus & Ohio River Railroad (CUOH) will upgrade the following crossings in Ottawa and Harrison counties:

  • NS: N. Lickert-Harder Road/Township Road 22, Benton Township, Ottawa County
  • CUOH: Eastport Street, Village of Scio, Harrison County
  • CUOH: New Rumley Road/County Road 50, Rumley Township, Harrison County

The grade crossing improvement projects are to be completed by Feb. 10, 2017. Federal funding for these projects is provided through the ORDC. The PUCO continues this cooperative process to enhance and promote public safety at rail crossings throughout the state.

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/.

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