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Indiana rail working group mulls multiple grade separations, crossing upgrades


The Northwest Indiana Rail Vision Working Group recently compiled a tentative list of 14 grade crossings in the state that could be improved via grade separations or safety equipment upgrades. The working group, a task force of railroad and local government officials, was formed last year by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

The crossings have not previously been systematically targeted for major improvements. The working group plans to to issue a final list of 15 crossings recommended for grade separations and more than 60 others recommended for other improvements, such as signal upgrades.

The group expects to finalize the list by Jan. 18. The list will enable planning commission and local officials to collaboratively seek funding for the projects.

The tentative list of 14 crossings statewide includes: a CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway crossing in Chesterton; CSXT and NS crossing in Woodlawn; CSXT crossing in East Chicago; Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co. (IHB) crossing in East Chicago; IHB and CN crossing in East Chicago; NS crossing in Gary; CN, CSXT and NS crossing in Gary; CSXT and Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad (CSS) crossing in Gary; CN crossing in Griffith; CSXT and CSS crossing in Hammond; NS crossing in Hammond; IHB crossing in Hammond; CN crossing in Munster; CN, NS and Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railway crossing in Porter County; and CSXT crossing in Porter County.

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