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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week approved the Ohio Rail Development Commission's construction authorization directing Norfolk Southern Railway and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. to improve grade crossings in Fulton and Lorain counties.
NS will modify and upgrade active warning devices at the South Main Street/State Road 64 grade crossings in Swanton, Fulton County. The Wheeling & Lake Erie will install active warning devices at the Gore-Orphanage Road/County Road 34 crossing in Lorain County. Both projects are to be completed by May 6, 2021.
Federal funding will be used to pay for both projects, PUCO officials said in a press release.
Local Ohio governments may seek funding from the PUCO for the cost of making safety improvements at grade crossings. The funding comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund. The commission is responsible for evaluating Ohio's public crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.