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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) yesterday approved the installation of lights and other upgrades at three rail crossings in Ohio.
The PUCO approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern Railway to upgrade to LED lights and improve circuitry at the Waller Street crossing in Portsmouth by June 5, 2020, and Grand River Railway to install lights and gates at the Headlands Road and Stage Avenue crossings in Lake County by March 5, 2020.
In addition, the PUCO approved the request of Ohio South Central Railroad (OSCR) to install LED lights at two crossings on Beaver Pike and County Road 76 in Jackson County. The work will be completed by June 5, 2020.
PUCO will provide some funding for the OSCR project from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund, which provides funding up to $5,000 per project.
The commission is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.