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The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) earlier this week approved the installation of new automatic flashing light signals and gates at four grade crossings in Kankakee County.
The crossings involve Norfolk Southern Railway tracks at State Line Road, County Highway 52, Metcalf Road and County Road 4000E in eastern Illinois. The total cost for the upgrades will be $1.45 million, with the ICC recommending that the state's Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) be used to pay 95% of the signal design. The GCPF receives about $42 million annually from the Illinois General Assembly.
NS will pay the remaining signal design and installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs. The work will be completed within 18 months of the order date.
"The addition of new automatic warning devices and gates will improve safety at these locations, and that is good news for the community and anyone who utilizes the crossings," said ICC Commissioner Michael Carrigan in a press release.