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Indiana & Ohio crossing in sync with nearby highway intersection


The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), Ohio Department of Transportation and Indiana & Ohio Railroad recently teamed up to synchronize grade crossing signals with four-way traffic signals at a busy intersection in Fairfield County.

The project was completed and signals were tested on June 17. The crossing now features new lights and gates, and a signal preemption system that links light/gate activation with traffic signals at a nearby highway intersection.

“The new warning devices … are interconnected with the highway traffic signal to interrupt the normal sequence of the traffic signal to clear vehicular traffic from the crossing area before a train arrives at the crossing,” said ORDC Safety Section Director Susan Kirkland in a prepared statement.

The rail line through the crossing might log more trains in the future as rail traffic picks up due to growing business in the Lancaster and Logan, Ohio, area, she said.

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