PUCO Approves $3M in Rail Crossing Upgrades in Pickaway County

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of PUCO

COLUMBUS, Ohio – PUCO approved almost $3 million in grade crossing upgrades in Circleville, Ohio. Norfolk Southern will complete said upgrades.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved close to $3 million in rail crossing upgrades in Circleville (in Pickaway County). According to PUCO, Norfolk Southern will complete a list of improvements:

  1. Upgrade active warning devices at the Clinton Street grade crossing
  2. Upgrade active warning devices at the South Washington Street grade crossing and remove Huston Street gates 
  3. Upgrade active warning devices at South Pickaway Street grade crossing and remove Huston Street cantilever/gates
  4. Complete upgrades to flashing lights and circuitry at South Court Street grade crossing
  5. Upgrade a new gate at South Scioto Street grade crossing
  6. Upgrade flashing lights at West Mound Street grade crossing
  7. Upgrade active warning devices and circuitry with traffic preemption and blank out signs at U.S. 22/Main Street grade crossing
  8. Upgrade a gate and flashing lights at the West High Street grade crossing

PUCO reports all upgrades will be completed by Norfolk Southern by April 3, 2025. Of the total cost of $2,855,610, Norfolk Southern will pay $713,902 with federal funds covering the remaining $2,141,707.

In addition, funding for safety improvements during construction (which include rumble strips, illumination, and enhanced signage) will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000 per project.

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