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Washington state transportation commission OKs funding for crossing upgrades


The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) recently approved allocating $19,600 from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund to Clark County to upgrade warning devices at 10 grade crossings.

The county will replace incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED)-type flashing lights, which are more energy efficient and last longer, according to the UTC. The upgrades are designed to improve visibility and safety at each crossing.

The crossings are located on a county-owned line used by the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.

The upgrades must be completed by Aug. 1, 2012. The county will provide all labor and equipment to install the LED lights.

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