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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
September 21, 2001


Odot program improves safety at railroad crossings

Columbus- State Rep. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced a program to bolster safety at Ohios rail crossings.

Buehrer and Proctor announced that the availability of funding for local governments to install rumble strips or other safety features at crossings without gates or lights has been expanded to include any unprotected crossing. ODOT will grant $1,500 per crossing to all local jurisdictions requesting the installation of rumble strips.

Fifteen people were killed and 39 people were injured at Ohio highway-rail crossings in 2000. Buehrer and Proctor spoke at a rail crossing on Fulton County Road 18 between Wauseon and Pettisville in an effort to bolster safety at these crossings.

"Many people are not aware of the dangers of railroad crossings, and they often ignore crossings and fail to stop," said Buehrer. "By raising awareness of this problem and implementing safety measures, fatal injuries in railroad related accidents can be prevented."

Buehrer introduced legislation that provides $1.2 million in the ODOT budget that can be spent during fiscal years 2002 and 2003 to improve safety at railroad crossings. The legislation requires that rumble strips be installed at active railroad crossings without gates or lights that have a daily traffic count of 500 or more vehicles and at least six trains per day.

ODOT will grant $1,500 per crossing to all local jurisdictions requesting the installation of rumble strips. Communities may request an alternative safety measures from ODOT if rumble strips are not appropriate and use the $1,500 toward that alternative. Other safety measures include, lighting of the crossing, raised pavement markers, and flashing lights on railroad warning signs. ODOT will install rumble strips where local jurisdictions do not have the capabilities for the job.

Note: This is a voluntary program. ODOT has not endorsed any specific contractors to perform rumble strip work. For a list of contractors pre-qualified by ODOT to perform installations of rumble strips, click here.