A Midwest regional railroad is getting some assistance for grade crossing improvements in north-central Ohio.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to upgrade a crossing in Crawford County.
The regional, based in Brewster, will install lights and gates at the E. Main Street/State Route 103 crossing in the village of New Washington, Crawford County, approximately center in the triangle formed by Toledo to the west, Cleveland to the east, and Columbus to the south.
The agency directed the work to be completed by Oct. 24, 2019 by the W&LE, which will co-fund the upgrades.
Funding for such improvements comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and is limited to $5,000 per project. PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.