PUCO approves upgrades of rail crossings in Sandusky, Wood counties
COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 9, 2018) –The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and CSX Transportation (CSX) to install new warning devices at rail crossings in Sandusky and Wood counties.
NS will install new flashing lights and roadway gates at the Nelson Street and Church Street rail crossings in the city of Clyde, Sandusky County. The railroad will also permanently close the rail crossing at the Amanda Street crossing.
CSX will install new flashing lights and roadway gates at the Milton Road/Township Road 40 rail crossing in Milton Township, Wood County.
Federal funding will be provided for these upgrades. The railroads are directed to complete the work by Feb. 9, 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 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/.
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