RR crossing on Lippincott Road getting lights, gates

EAST ROCHESTER – A railroad crossing on Lippincott Road will be getting mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern Railway to install lights and gates, the PUCO said in a news released.

The railroad will be responsible for completing the upgrade by May 28, 2014. Federal funds will pay for the project.

To increase public safety during the construction, the PUCO will assist the local government with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the location. Funding for the improvement will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.

Lippincott is a township road.

The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. The news release noted annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 71 in 2012.

The Ohio Rail Hotline, at (866) 814-RAIL (7245), provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all railroad crossing questions. More information also is available online at gradecrossings.puco.ohio.gov/.