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Electronic Sign to be Added at Railroad on Eastown Road
Signage will work in conjunction with railroad crossing warning devices
LIMA - (Wednesday, September 7, 2011)Work to install electronic signage which will work in conjunction with the existing lights and gates on a railroad crossing on Eastown Road will be under way this week.
 
A crew with Hilscher-Clarke of Toledo will begin this week at the Eastown Road railroad crossing just south of Elida Road installing the foundations and electrical components for a mast arm pole equipped with enhanced "Do Not Stop On Tracks" signs which will blink any time the railroad warning lights and gates are activated. The sign will be an additional active message to the motoring public that a train is approaching the crossing.
Traffic will be restricted in the northbound lane for three days during the week, but traffic will be maintained at all times through the work zone.
Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director, said a review was conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) of railroad crossings near signalized intersections in Ohio. The review identified locations where protective measures to reduce or eliminate the potential for vehicles to be stopped on or too near a railroad crossing should be considered.
The traffic signal located at Ohio 309 and Eastown Road and the railroad crossing located to the south on Eastown Road was identified as a location to be addressed.
“ODOT is the lead agency on this project because it was funded through our safety program by federal funds. We’re glad to work with the Allen County Engineer’s office to address this safety concern on a local roadway,” said Slusher.
The ODOT Safety Program is funding the design and construction of the project.  Once the project is complete, it will be owned and maintained by the Allen County Engineer.
Two additional railroad crossing locations will be upgraded as well as part of the safety upgrade project currently under way on Ohio 309 (Elida Road) on the west side of Lima. The traditional lights and gates at the crossings at Hartzler and Cable roads will be coordinated with the traffic signals on Ohio 309 to prevent vehicles from backing up onto the tracks.
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us