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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) yesterday approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing Northern Ohio & Western Railroad (NOWR), CSX and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE) to upgrade the safety of several grade crossings in the state.
NOWR will install lights and gates at six crossings in Gibsonburg by Dec. 3, 2021. Funds for NOWR's projects will be provided by ORDC, PUCO and the Sandusky County-Seneca-County-City of Tiffin Port Authority, PUCO officials said in a press release.
By March 3, 2021, CSX will install lights and gates at the Barnhouse Road/Township Road 114 crossing in Allen Township; the Farson Street crossing in Belpre; the Baker Road/Township Road 25 crossing in Jackson Township; and the Stephenson Road crossing in Reily Township.
Also by March 3, 2021, WLE will install active warning devices, an additional surface and a sidewalk for pedestrians at the State Route 99/Ridge Street crossing in Monroeville, and install flashing lights and gates at the River Corners Road/County Road 27 crossing in Medina County.
WLE also will install flashing lights and gates at the Bair Road/Township Road 448 crossing in Sugarcreek Township by June 3, 2021.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.