COLUMBUS — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently approved a highway-rail grade crossing upgrade in Columbus Grove.
CSX will install active grade crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street and Broadway Street grade crossings. The Maple Street grade crossing will be permanently closed. CSX should complete the project by April 9. Funding for these upgrades will be shared among the PUCO, ORDC, CSX and the village.
To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO will assist the local governments with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the project locations. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio's public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. The annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 63 in 2013.
The Ohio Rail Hotline at 866-814-7245 provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all railroad crossing questions. For information regarding these crossings, access the Ohio railroad information system website at http://j.mp/1qjjMmh.
Projects will also be completed in Columbiana, Defiance, Mahoning, Seneca and Summit counties.