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7/20/2010



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Ohio utilities commission OKs several grade crossing upgrades


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Last week, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) that directs Norfolk Southern Railway to install flashing lights and gates at two grade crossings in Ashland and Erie counties. The upgrades will be funded with federal dollars.

PUCO also adopted an agreement with ORDC, CSX Transportation and the village of Ansonia authorizing CSXT to install flashing lights at a crossing in Darke County. Funding will be shared by PUCO, ORDC and CSXT.

NS and CSXT must submit site plans and cost estimates for the projects to PUCO by Oct. 12 and complete the upgrades by July 14, 2011.

In addition, PUCO approved construction authorization from ORDC that directs NS, CSXT, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. and Indiana & Ohio Railway to install flashing lights and gates at crossings in Auglaize, Champaign, Fayette, Logan, Ross and Wayne counties. The projects will be federally funded.

Each railroad also must submit site plans and cost estimates PUCO by Oct. 12 and complete the upgrades by July 14, 2011.


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