Several Area Rail Crossings to Get Safety Improvements
The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved spending over four million dollars for new warning equipment at 24 railroad crossings in the state…several of them in our area. Tammy Nicholson says the federal program pays for 90-percent of the cost of the improvements and either the railroad of the local government that owns the road pays the rest. The funding ranges from 150 to 200-thousand dollars. They try to target the areas where the signals are most needed…SUCH AS ON NORTH MAIN STREET IN DANVILLE…ON 33RD STREET IN FORT MADISON…ON MAIN STEET IN MONTROSE…ON IOWA HIWAY-27 AND ON 245TH AVENUE IN LEE COUNTY…AND ON GRIMES AVENUE IN FAIRFIELD.
These upgrades are scheduled for 2014 and will leave about half of the state’s rail crossings without signals.