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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Columbia & Ohio River Railroad (CUOH) and Northern Ohio and Western Railroad (NOWR) to make improvements at grade crossings in Coshocton and Sandusky counties.
CUOH will install flashing lights and gates at the Township Road 255 crossing in Coshocton County, while NOWR will install flashing lights and gates at the Sandusky County/Greensburg Pike crossing in Sandusky County.
Federal funding will be provided for both projects, which are to be completed by Sept. 2, 2021, PUCO officials said in a press release.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio's public crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since PUCO began implementing the evaluations, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in the state decreased from 356 in 1990 to 69 in 2019, PUCO officials said.