Friday, July 13, 2012

Five Ohio crossings to receive upgrades

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern to install flashing lights and gates at five grade crossings in Fairfield, Henry, Logan, Preble and Shelby counties.

The upgrades will be made as follows:

CSX Transportation

• Maple Street (155-757M), village of Deshler, Henry County

• County Road 26 (513-790B), Logan County

• Johnston-Slagle Road/Township Road 32 (538-738T), Shelby County

Norfolk Southern

• Lancaster-New Lexington Road/State Route 37 (513-418W), Fairfield County

• East Somers Street (525-103C), Preble County

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by April 11, 2013. Funding for the projects will be provided by federal funds.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, PUCO will assist the local governments with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the project locations. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.