PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossings in Allen, Franklin, Lucas and Stark counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 28, 2018) –The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX Transportation (CSX) and Norfolk Sothern Railway (NS) to make the following upgrades and installations at rail crossings in Allen, Franklin, Lucas and Stark counties.
CSX is to install lights and gates at the County Road 270/Dixie Highway grade crossing in Allen County.
CSX and NS will install upgraded circuitry and new lights and gates at E. Wilson Bridge Road grade crossing in the city of Worthington, Franklin County.
NS will make the following installations and upgrades:
- Install lights and gates at the Norwood Avenue grade crossing in the city of Toledo, Lucas County.
- Upgrade active warning devices in the Union Avenue grade crossing in the city of Alliance, Stark County.
Federal funding will be provided for these upgrades. The railroads are directed to complete the work by November 28, 2019.
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 356 in 1990 to 68 in 2017.
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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