Ground on SR 269 Project
Governor Tafts Railroad Crossing Safety
Initiative Moves Forward
Bellevue (June 28, 2005) Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor broke
ground today on a railroad grade separation project on State Route 269
in the city of Bellevue. Mr. Proctor was accompanied by ODOT District
3 Deputy Director Thomas M. OLeary and Bellevue Mayor David Kile.
The project moves Ohio another step forward in its plans to address
key areas where increased train and vehicle traffic on state highways
have caused safety and congestion concerns near at-grade railroad
crossings. In 2005, ODOT will kick off more than $10 million in
railroad grade separation projects in north central Ohio with another
five projects scheduled between 2006 and 2009.
"The railroad grade separation projects in north central Ohio are
prime examples of why Governor Bob Taft created this program," Proctor
said. "It is rewarding to see Ohio communities like Bellevue benefit
from projects that improve safety and mobility."
The governors 10-year, $200 million initiative provides railroad
grade separations to communities most affected by increased train
traffic as a result of rail company mergers. After reviewing
applications from communities across Ohio, ODOT selected about 30
projects to be constructed by 2010 through the Rail Grade Separation
Statewide, ODOT has sold or begun construction on seven railroad
grade separation projects. Another 23 projects have been given funding
commitments or are being developed over the next five years.
"The city of Bellevue is representative of communities across Ohio
that are in need of relief due to increased train frequency, traffic
volume and lack of alternate routes to avoid railroad crossings," said
David Kile, Mayor of Bellevue. "This project will provide immediate
benefits in terms of reducing congestion, increasing mobility and
improving police and fire service response time."
More than 50 freight trains cross the railroad tracks on SR 269 in
a 24 hour period, stopping many of the 3,000 vehicles per day that use
the highway as their only route to the businesses and homes on south
side of Bellevue.
The $4.3 million project, awarded to Mosser Construction, Inc.,
will construct an overpass over the railroad tracks that is offset
from the current alignment and route SR 269 traffic into Bellevue,
leaving the current roadway to become a local road with much lower
traffic volumes. Work is scheduled to be complete in 2006.
Nearly 60 percent of the funding for the Railroad Grade Separation
Program is provided by ODOT. Additional funds are provided by the Ohio
Legislature, railroads, local governments and the federal government.