Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ICC approves rail safety improvements in three communities

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ICC approves rail safety improvements in three communities | Railway Track & Structures

The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval Grade-crossing safety improvements in three communities across the state. ICC OKed the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates at the 130th Street grade crossing of BNSF track located near Cameron, Warren County. The estimated cost to install automatic flashing light signals and gates is $234,377. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $222,658. BNSF will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs.

The Commission granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates and relocating the existing highway approaches at the Township Rd. 192 highway-rail grade crossing of BNSF track located near Oneida in Knox County. The estimated cost to install the new automatic flashing light signals and gates is $233,391; the estimated cost to relocate the crossing surface is $84,578. The GCPF will be used to pay 85 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $198,382, and 85 percent of the relocated crossing surface costs, not to exceed $71,891. BNSF will pay the remaining warning device installation costs and relocated crossing surface costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs.

ICC approved the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates at the 2750E (County Highway 19) grade crossing of BNSF track located near Zearing, Bureau County. The estimated cost to install the new automatic flashing light signals and gates is $224,428. The GCPF will be used to pay 85 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $190,764. Bureau County will pay 10 percent of the installation costs, not to exceed $22,443. BNSF will pay all remaining warning device installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs.

All work is to be completed by Nov. 12, 2010.

Project selection and management of GCPF highway-rail safety projects includes safety improvements such as the installation of new warning systems, highway approach improvements and the construction/reconstruction of grade separation structures. The Commission administers the GCPF, which is funded by motor fuel tax money designated for rail safety improvements. The General Assembly appropriates $42 million annually for GCPF projects.

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