Kentucky short line railroads to benefit from crossing improvement grants

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Short line and regional railroads will benefit from more than $929,000 in grants from Kentucky’s rail crossing improvement program.

Administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s division of planning, the grants will improve grade crossings on the Paducah & Louisville Railroad, R.J. Corman, and the Louisville Riverport Railroad. The three applicants each submitted requests for railroad improvement funds.

The grant money will be used to help fund 16 projects affecting 14 grade crossings in the state. Grant recipients will be reimbursed 50 percent of the total project costs, which are estimated at around $1.9 million.

Prior to awarding the funds, state leaders looked at grade crossing criteria such as incident history, volume of highway traffic, the overall condition of the crossings, cost, and other factors. Some of the crossings see as many as 13,000 vehicles each day.

Funds will be used to rehabilitate grade crossings with new pavement, ballast, crossties, and rails. Additional funds will equip the crossings with new warning device equipment, such as signals, gates, bells, and other equipment.

The highest grant award will go to "signals" work on the St. Andrew Church Road crossing in Louisville along the P&L for $163,418 and the smallest grant will go for crossing rehabilitation on Cane Run Road along the Louisville Riverport Railroad in the amount of $8,350.

See the news release online.


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