Posts Tagged ‘Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’

PUCO Approves CSX Grade Crossing Upgrades

November 9, 2022

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has directed CSX to install new grade crossing equipment in Hardin County.

The Class 1 carrier will install flashing lights and gates at the crossing a Ohio Route 81 and Geneva Street in west central Ohio.

Federal funding of $472,955 will be used to pay for the project, which must be completed by Aug. 2, 2023.

PUCO Approves 2 Grade Crossing Projects

October 8, 2022

Grade crossing work was authorized this week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for projects in Licking and Columbiana counties.

The Columbus & Ohio River Railroad will install flashing lights and gates at the East Church Street and East Main Street grade crossings in Newark by July 5, 2023.

PUCO is providing $541,211 in federal funding for the project.

Norfolk Southern will upgrade existing lighting to LEDs at the Main Street and South Elm Street grade crossings in Columbiana by July 5, 2023.

The commission is providing $57,372 in federal funding for that work.

PUCO Approves Grade Crossing Projects

August 2, 2022

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved grade crossing projects in four counties.

Norfolk Southern will install gates and flashing lights at the Walter Street crossing in East Liverpool. The work is to be completed by April 27, 2023, and will receive funding of $402,613.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie will install gates and flashing lights at the Eberhart Road crossing in Lawrence Township in Tuscarawas County. The work is to be completed by April 27, 2023, and receive funding of $279,697.

CSX will improve the Ohio Route 57 crossing in Grafton and the Morse Road crossing in Liberty Township in Union County.

In Grafton, CSX will reconstruct the crossing surface and upgrade the warning devices to LED lights by Jan. 27, 2023. It will receive funding of $70,480.

The Liberty Township project involves the installation of gates and flashing lights by April 27, 2023, with funding of $284,207.

In a news release, PUCO said federal grants will provide the funding for the projects.

PUCO Orders LED Lights at NS Grade Crossings

July 7, 2022

Norfolk Southern has been directed by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to install LED lights on signals at 100 grade crossings.

PUCO will pay $750,000 to install the lights with NS responsible for costs exceeding $7,500 per crossing.

The grade crossings are located in Cuyahoga, Erie, Fulton, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood counties. The work is expected to be completed by June 2023.

Funding for PUCO’s share of the costs is coming from a state LED upgrade program established in 2012.

The existing 8-inch incandescent lights at the crossing signals will be replaced by 12-inch LED lights at crossings equipped with flashing light signal systems. 

Blocked Rail Crossing Bill Introduced in Ohio Legislature

November 2, 2021

Railroads that block grade crossings for more than five minutes would be subject to fines of $5,000 or more if the Ohio General Assembly approves legislation recently introduced by a Madison Township lawmaker.

The Butler County Journal-News said the bill introduced by Rep. Thomas Hall would impose fines in situations in which crossing are blocked “to the hindrance of traffic.”

Hall said he and fellow legislator Jessica Miranda of Forest Park sought to draft the bill in a manner that enable it to withstand a legal challenge.

Many state blocked railroad  crossing laws have been overturned by courts ruling that regulation of railroads is a federal responsibility.

The proposed legislation would require railroads to report blocked crossing incidents to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The fines would be imposed for failing to report the incident.

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.

 

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.