Stop Signs Replace Yield Signs at Some Rail Crossings
Over the next few months drivers will notice a change in traffic signals at railroad crossings that do not have flashing lights or gates.
The Ohio Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Ohio Rail Development Commission, reviewed nearly 2,000 of these crossings as a result of a change in state law. Around 1,000 of the crossings will be getting stop signs. The stop signs will replace yield signs already at the crossings.
Local railroad crews have begun the installation process in some communities already. The signs mean drivers must come to a full stop at these locations and can be ticketed if they choose not to obey.
“This change will reinforce driver behaviors of being safe and cautious around railroad tracks; to stop, look both ways, and proceed across with caution,” said Julianne Kaercher, spokeswoman for the Ohio Rail Development Commission.
In 2013, the Ohio General Assembly included a provision in the state budget bill that required stop signs at certain railroad crossings, replacing existing yield signs. The intention behind the change in law is to increase safety for drivers and passengers.
If you have questions about stop signs going up around your community please call Megan McClory at 614.644.0289.