The Broadway Railroad Crossing (on left) will receive active grade crossing warning devices while the Mape Street grade crossing (on right) will be permanently closed. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
The Broadway Railroad Crossing (on left) will receive active grade crossing warning devices while the Mape Street grade crossing (on right) will be permanently closed. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

COLUMBUS GROVE   — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has announced approval of seven highway-rail grade crossing projects in six counties, including three crossing projects in Columbus Grove.

The PUCO approved an agreement between the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), CSX and the village of Columbus Grove in which CSX will install active grade crossing warning devices at the Pearl Street (155707J) and Broadway Street (155-709X) grade crossings. The Maple Street (155-708R) grade crossing will be permanently closed. CSX should complete the project by April 9, 2015. Funding for these upgrades will be shared among the PUCO, ORDC, CSX and the Village.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO will assist the local governments with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the project locations. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.

Other projects have been approved in Columbiana, Defiance, Mahoning, Seneca and Summit counties.