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ICC grade crossing upgrades near Galesburg, Thomasboro

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates and highway approach grade improvements at the 160th Street crossing of BNSF track located near Galesburg, Warren County. The estimated cost to install the new automatic flashing light signals and gates is $518,729.  The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $492,793.  BNSF will pay the remaining warning device installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs. 

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.

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