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11/19/2008



Rail News: Communication and Signal

Illinois commission OKs seven grade crossing projects


The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently approved seven grade crossing upgrade projects scheduled to be completed by November 2009.

The commission also agreed to provide more than $1.1 million from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) to help finance the projects, which call for:
• installing new automatic flashing light signals and gates at an Illinois Central Railroad Co.(IC)/Canadian National Railway Co. crossing near Odin;
• installing automatic flashing light signals and gates, widening and reconstructing surfaces, and improving a highway approach at another IC/CN crossing near Kinmundy;
• installing automatic flashing light signals and gates controlled by constant warning time circuitry at another IC/CN crossing near Alma;
• installing automatic flashing light signals and gates, and improving highway approaches at an Evansville Western Railway crossing near Maunie;
• installing automatic flashing light signals and gates at a CSX Transportation crossing in Long Creek;
• installing automatic flashing light signals and gates controlled by constant warning time circuitry, improving approaches and installing warning signs at a Norfolk Southern Railway crossing near Litchfield; and
• Installing automatic flashing light signals and gates controlled by constant warning time circuitry at another NS crossing in Bluford.

The GCPF funds will cover about 95 percent of each project's C&S equipment installation costs. Funded by motor fuel taxes designated for rail safety improvements, the GCPF program provides $27 million annually for crossing upgrades and the construction or reconstruction of grade separations.


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