ICC also granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates and highway approach grade improvements at the 2400 N (Township Road 107A) crossing of Illinois Central (now part of CN) track located near Thomasboro, Champaign County. The estimated cost to install the new automatic flashing light signals and gates is $155,220. The GCPF will pay 95 percent of the installation costs, not to exceed $147,459. The Illinois Central will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs. The GCPF also will be used to pay 100 percent of the cost for the highway approach grade improvements, not to exceed $40,020.
Project selection and management of GCPF highway-rail safety projects include 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.