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Illinois Commerce Commission approves safety upgrades for Livingston County rail crossings

STREATOR – The Illinois Commerce Commission approved an agreement to move forward with three highway-rail crossing safety improvements projects in Livingston County. The Agreement requires the Norfolk Southern Railway Company to install automatic warning devices at the Morris Road highway-rail crossing in Dwight, at County Road 2300E near Dwight and at County Road 975E near Streator. The total cost for the new automatic devices is $1,151,537. Illinois Commerce Commission staff recommended that the Grade Crossing Protection Funds be used to pay up to 95% of the signal design and installation costs. Norfolk Southern will pay all remaining costs as well as all future operating and maintenance costs.
“Keeping pedestrians, motorists and rail employee safe near and around railroad tracks is a top priority for the ICC. The allocation of Grade Crossing Protection funds enables important rail safety projects like these to move forward, and that’s a win for everyone who uses the crossings,” said ICC Commissioner Michael T. Carrigan.

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