PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossings in Carroll and Stark counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 21, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved a subsidy agreement to allow OHI-Rail Corp. (OHI) to make upgrades at two crossings in Carroll and Stark counties. The PUCO will provide funds from the State Grade Crossing Protection Fund to cover part of the cost of the projects.
OHI agreed to make the following improvements:
- Upgrade LED lights at the Line Street grade crossing in the village of Minerva, Carroll County, by Nov. 21, 2020.
- Upgrade LED lights at the Bonnie View Avenue crossing in the village of Minerva, Stark County by Nov. 21, 2020.
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 Protection 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 66 in 2018.
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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