ODOT Crews Set To Remove Jackson Rail Crossing
MOU Outlines Agreement With City, Railroad & Commission
Chillicothe (Thursday, October 30, 2014) – Working in conjunction with the city of Jackson and the Ohio South Central Railroad (OSCR), the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Rail Development Commission have outlined a Memorandum of Understanding to remove a state Route 93 rail crossing in Jackson County.
The S.R. 93 crossing, which is located near the 6.8-mile marker and approximately two miles north of Oak Hill, is owned by the city of Jackson and operated by OSCR, and it has deteriorated significantly. Due to its condition and potential safety hazard to motorists, it was determined that the best solution would be to remove the existing two-track grade crossing and replace it with pavement.
“Working with our partners at the ORDC, the city of Jackson and the OSCR, we have decided that removal of the track will best serve the motorists, the city and the rail line,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “However, this is a temporary measure that will allow the crossing to be restored once carrier service is reinstated.”
Therefore, beginning Monday, November 3, and continuing through Friday, November 7, crews from ODOT’s Jackson County Highway Maintenance Facility will be working to remove the crossing and repair the roadway. Throughout the week, S.R. 93 will be reduced to one lane, and traffic will be maintained in one lane with the use of temporary signals.
The eventual removal of the flashing lights at the crossing will be under the direction of the OSCR and coordinated with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. And per the agreement, the crossing will still be an active rail line, so the tracks and lights can be reinstalled at a later date once rail service is reinstated to warrant their installation.
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Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
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