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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Five Ohio crossings to receive upgrades

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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 five grade crossings in Crawford, Delaware, Huron and Shelby counties. The upgrades will be made as follows:

• Indiana & Ohio Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Jackson Street (258-661J) grade crossing in Shelby County.

• Norfolk Southern will install flashing lights and gates at the Carey Road/Township Road 27 (481-581B) and Willey Road/Township Road 211 (481-504B) grade crossings in Crawford and Delaware counties, respectively.

• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Young Road/Township Road 23 (473-653G) and Base Line Road/County Road 11 (001-977G) grade crossings in Huron County.

The railroads will be responsible for completing construction of the upgrades by Feb. 23, 2013. Funding for all upgrades 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 location. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.