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Four crossing upgrades, one closure advance in Ohio


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recently approved an agreement with the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), Ohi-Rail Corp. and the village of Minerva regarding two grade crossing projects in Carroll County.

The pact calls for closing one crossing and reconstructing one crossing, including the relocation of flashing lights.

Ohi-Rail must submit site plans and cost estimates to PUCO by Nov. 9 and complete the projects by Aug. 11, 2011. Funding for the projects will be covered by federal dollars.

Meanwhile, ORDC issued a notice to proceed to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. to upgrade three crossings in Portage and Stark counties. The railroad will install new flashing lights and state-of-the-art crossing gates. In addition, two of the crossings will feature systems designed to coordinate warning systems with nearby highway traffic signals, according to ORDC.

The $600,000 project will be funded by American Recovery & Reinvestment Act dollars.

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