Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Washington state transportation commission OKs improvements at two crossings

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved $40,000 from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) to pay for upgrades at grade crossings in Mason and Kitsap Counties. The crossings are located at the intersection of Old State Route 101 (SR-101) and Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad (PSAP) tracks near the city of Shelton and at the intersection of Provost Road and PSAP tracks near the city of Silverdale.

For each crossing, PSAP plans to use the funds to upgrade the existing flashing lights to long-lasting, energy efficient flashing LED lights, replace two sets of cross buck signs, upgrade the motion-sensor train detection technology and install a surge protection panel and shunt - enhancement panels. The upgrades must be completed by June 30, 2013.

The approximate cost of the Mason County project is $24,672; PSAP will pay the difference of $4,672. The estimated cost of the Kitsap County project is $27,196. PSAP will pay the difference of $7,196.

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