Posts Tagged ‘state grade crossing plans’

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.

FRA Wants States to Create Grade Crossing Plans

November 16, 2019

All states would be required to create a grade crossing action plan or update their existing plan under a proposed rule that the Federal Railroad Administration has proposed.

The rule proposal was published last week in the Federal Register with comments being accepted through Jan. 6, 2020.

The FRA said in its notice of rule making that it is seeking to reduce accidents at grade crossings and is responding to a mandate in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act that the agency promulgate a regulation requiring states to create grade-crossing action plans.

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas were previously required to develop grade crossing action plans by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Those states would be required under the proposed rule to update plans their existing plan and report on the steps they’ve taken to implement that plan.