Thursday, May 31, 2012

PUCO approves work at three Ohio crossings

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission authorizing the installation of flashing lights and gates at three grade crossings in Butler and Richland counties.

The upgrades will be made as follows:

• Norfolk Southern will install flashing lights and gates at the Yankee Road /Todhunter Road /CR 133 (524-685F) grade crossing near Monroe, Butler County.

• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Bucyrus Road /SR 61 (001-974L) and Springmill Road (001-975T) grade crossings in the village of Plymouth, Richland County.

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by February 25, 2013. Funding for all upgrades will be provided by federal funds.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the 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 location. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.

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