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Columbia Walla Walla Railroad awarded grants for crossing safety projects


Washington state's Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) yesterday announced the approval of more than $36,000 in safety grants to the Columbia Walla Walla Railroad.

Provided under the Grade Crossing Protective Fund, the dollars will be used to replace existing incandescent lights with LED lights on the signal equipment and gate arms at crossings located on seven streets and on State Route 124.

The upgrades must be completed by Dec. 31. The grants range between $2,600 and $6,800. The railroad will cover costs over the approved grant amounts, UTC officials said in a press release.

The UTC regulates railroad safety, including approving new grade crossings and closing or altering existing crossings.


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