The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern Railway to upgrade 10 grade crossings and the Indiana & Ohio Railway to upgrade one crossing.
NS will install flashing lights and roadway gates at five crossings in Clark County and four crossings in Greene County, and mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at one crossing in Crawford County. Indiana & Ohio Railway will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at a crossing in Clinton County.
NS must complete the work in Clark and Greene counties by Feb. 13, 2015. The Class I and Indiana & Ohio Railway must finish the other upgrades by Aug. 13, 2014. Funding for the projects will be covered by federal dollars.
Meanwhile, Fairfield Township, Ohio, plans to hold a public hearing Dec. 12 on the proposed closure of an NS crossing to accommodate a Buckeye Transfer Inc. facility.
The closed crossing would enable Buckeye Transfer to build a closed-loop rail to transload condensate from truck to tank cars.
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