Posts Tagged ‘Grade crossing projects’

PUCO Has Funds for Grade Crossing Projects

August 19, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has invited local governments in the state to apply for grants to improve railroad grade crossings.

In a news release, PUCO noted there are two state-funded programs that might be applicable for local communities: The state grade crossing upgrade program and the supplemental assistance program.

The state-funded crossing upgrade program enables local communities to share the cost of installing safety devices with the state and railroad or railroads.

Communities that seek grants from this program might be required to provide a small portion of the project costs.

PUCO officials said each case will be assessed on an individual basis.

PUCO Approves 2 NS Grade Crossing Projects

January 16, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved two grade crossing safety projects in Pike County.

Norfolk Southern will install flashing lights and gates at the Market Street and Mill Street crossings by Jan. 13, 2022. 

PUCO also directed NS to install a traffic preemption at the Market Street crossing.

Both projects will receive federal funding PUCO said in a news release.

 

SEPTA Lands Grade Crossing Safety Grant

January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $40 million in grants to five states, including Pennsylvania, to fund projects seeking to improve safety at grade crossings.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority received $3,335,000 to install new gate systems at three crossings and pavement markings at 20 crossing locations in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Other grants were awarded to public transit agencies in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington.

The funds came from the Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement Grants Program  and were awarded by the Federal Highway Administration in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

To be eligible for a grant, a commuter authority must have experienced at least one accident investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2018, and for which the NTSB issued an accident report.

MDOT Funding 37 Grade Crossing Projects

December 9, 2020

The Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded $3 million in grant money to be used to rehabilitate 37 grade crossings.

The grants were made from the Local Grade Crossing Surface Program, which provides 60 percent funding of a project’s cost.

Railroads are responsible for covering the remaining 40 percent of the cost.

In a news release, MDOT said the work ranges from minor asphalt repairs to installing new track and surface materials.

The affected railroads or their contractors will perform the work with MDOT and local authorities providing cooperation for detour routes.

PUCO Approves 2 Grade Crossing Projects

December 8, 2020

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved two grade crossing improvement projects involving a pair of short line railroads.

The Columbus & Ohio River Railroad will install flashing lights and gates at the Township Road 225 crossing in Coshocton County.

The Northern Ohio & Western Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Sandusky County/Greensburg Pike crossing in Sandusky County.

Federal funding will be provided for both projects, which are to be completed by Sept. 2, 2021.

PUCO Approves 2 NS Grade Crossing Projects

September 3, 2020

Two grade crossing projects on Norfolk Southern in Columbiana County have been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

NS will install lights and gates at the Creek Road/Township Road 923 and the Clarks Mill Road/Township Road 773 crossings by Aug. 26, 2021

PUCO said in a news release that federal funding will be provided for both projects.

PUCO Approves 3 Grade Crossing Projects

August 1, 2020

Three grade crossing projects were approved this week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Norfolk Southern was directed to to install lights and gates at the Monroe Street/County Road 39 crossing in Huron County.

The Indiana & Ohio Railway was directed to install flashing lights and cantilever at the State Street crossing, and flashing lights and gates at the Deerfield Road crossing in Hamilton county.

The NS and IORY projects must be completed by July 29, 2021.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie was directed to install flashing lights and gates at the Baymere Avenue/Township Road 322 crossing in Stark County by April 29, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for these projects.

Indiana City, CSX Reach Agreement over Project

July 29, 2020

CSX reached an agreement with an Indiana city to avert a lawsuit over plans to rebuild a grade crossing in that city.

Officials in Crawfordsville, Indiana, had threatened to sue CSX in an effort to get it to delay the start of work on the crossing project until after another street construction project had been completed.

The city contended that closing the East Market Street crossing while work continued on the adjacent East Wabash Street would bring east-west traffic in town to a near halt.

CSX has agreed to delay the start of the project until the Wabash Avenue work is completed, which is expected to be mid August.

In addition to CSX, Crawfordsville has threatened to sue the Indiana Department of Transportation over the matter.

The grade crossing project has been set to begin this week.

City to Sue CSX Over Grade Crossing Project

July 25, 2020

An Indiana city plans to sue CSX and the Indiana Department of Transportation over plans to close a grade crossing for maintenance.

The city of Crawfordsville, which lies on two CSX routes and is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal, said it fears work planned for a crossing on East Market Street in tandem with a construction project on the parallel East Wabash Avenue will create safety issues by cutting the east-west traffic flow through town.

The city wants CSX to delay work on the crossing until the Wabash project is completed in mid August.

CSX plans to begin rebuilding the crossing this month. The city said the railroad has been unresponsive to its requests.

PUCO Orders Grade Crossing Upgrades

July 21, 2020

Three railroads have been directed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to upgrade grade crossing safety devices in four counties.

Norfolk Southern will install lights and gates at the Township Road 1037 crossing in Ashland County by April 15, 2021, and modify and upgrade active warning devices at the Township Road 18/Gaskill Road crossing in Stark County by July 15, 2021.

CSX will upgrade lights and gates and install new crossing surfaces at the Cabintown Road and Hunt Road crossings in Morrow County by April 15, 2021.

Indiana & Ohio will install lights, gates and a new crossing surface at the Middle Pike/County Road 150 crossing in Auglaize County by April 15, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for the projects, PUCO officials said in a press release.