Ohio makes funding available to eliminate railroad crossings

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COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced the availability of $100 million in funding to help local communities eliminate dangerous railroad crossings.

Ohio has about 5,700 railroad grade crossings, which are locations where roadways intersect with railroad tracks. Funding from DeWine’s new Ohio Rail Crossing Elimination Program will support the work of local communities to engineer construction projects to eliminate these crossings and pay matching funds that are required for additional support from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Railroad grade crossings are both a safety hazard and a barrier to traffic, including emergency vehicles. Since the Federal Railroad Administration began collecting blocked crossing data in late 2019, more than 10,500 reports of blocked crossings in Ohio have been filed.

Municipalities can submit railroad crossing elimination projects to the Ohio Rail Development Commission, which will identify the projects with the best opportunities for federal funding and assist in developing these locations into competitive federal grant applications.

The Ohio Rail Crossing Elimination Program was developed with support from the Ohio General Assembly, which allotted the funding for the program as part of Ohio’s operating budget. More information about the program can be found at rail.ohio.gov/crossingelimination.


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