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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week approved several grade crossing improvement projects that the Indiana & Ohio Railway (IORY) will carry out in Fairfield and Fayette counties. IORY will install lights and gates at the Quarry Road crossing in Lancaster, Fairfield County, and at the Pearl Street crossing in Washington Court House, Fayette County, according to a PUCO press release.Both projects are to be completed by Aug. 29, 2018. Federal funding for the projects is provided through the Ohio Rail Development Commission.Local governments may seek funding from the PUCO to help cover the cost of safety improvements. The safety improvements may include rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project locations.
PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio's public crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.