Hearing To Be Held To Address Rail Crossing Exemption
Meeting set for Wednesday, May 18
Chillicothe (Saturday, May 14, 2016) -- The Ohio Department of Transportation will host a public hearing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio this week to address downgrading a railroad crossing on state Route 104 in Scioto County.
ODOT has requested an exemption from PUCO to downgrade the Norfolk-Southern rail line crossing that is located on S.R. 104 near Township Road 142 (McDermott-Rushtown Road). The rail line has been out of service for more than 10 years, and there currently is no plan to reactivate the line.
Wanting to improve the safety of the crossing, ODOT has proposed changing the existing signing and signaling system to allow the rail company to eliminate a fixed-object hazard at the crossing, thereby creating a potentially safer crossing.
The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments regarding the exemption and downgrade request. During the hearing, ODOT representatives will provide testimony supporting the increased benefit of this downgrade and address these changes with the general public.
The hearing will be held Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Scioto County ODOT Highway Maintenance Facility, 9187 U.S. 23 South, Lucasville. Public comment forms will be available, and written or oral comments may be submitted during the hearing.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9
740-774-8834 or 888-819-8501, ext. 7748834