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Ohio, Washington utilities commissions approve crossing upgrades

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Cleveland Commercial Railroad Co. L.L.C. to install mast-mounted and cantilevered flashing lights and gates at a grade crossing in Cleveland.

The railroad must complete the upgrades by May 22, 2013. Funding will be covered by federal dollars.

Meanwhile, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the allocation of $20,000 from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund for upgrades at a State Route 272/Washington & Idaho Railway crossing in Palouse, Wash.
The railroad will replace the existing flashing lights with LED lights, replace the system batteries and chargers, and install a surge protection panel and newer motion-detection technology. The work must be completed by July 15, 2013.

The state funds will cover most of the project’s $21,487 cost, with the railroad providing the remainder.

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