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Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades in three counties


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved safety upgrades at grade crossings in Huron, Richland and Summit counties.

Ashland Railway will install flashing lights and gates and a new surface at the State Route 99/Conwell Street crossing in Huron County and the County Route 184/Kuhn Road crossing in Richland County. Federal funds totaling $941,375 will help cover the cost of the upgrades, which must be completed by March 6, 2025.

In addition, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. will install flashing lights, gates and cantilevers at the Gilchrist Road crossing in Mogadore, Summit County. About $612,000 in federal dollars will help fund the work, which also must be completed by March 6, 2025. 

Since the PUCO began implementing crossing safety upgrades, the number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio each year have decreased from 356 in 1990 to 61 in 2022.


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