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The North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Rail Division recently completed grade crossing safety improvements in Laurinburg, N.C.The department installed crossing signals and gates at the intersection of Biggs Street and CSX tracks. Paid for by the state and the Federal Highway Administration, this cost of the project totaled $220,055, NCDOT officials said in a press release.Maintenance funding for the projects will be divided equally between North Carolina and CSX. Fourteen freight trains a day travel through the crossing at a maximum speed of 49 mph. The project is part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public crossings in the state, NCDOT officials said.