Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Takes Action to Increase Safety at Railroad Crossings

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Doug Hogan
502-564-3419
 


Gates, other safety devices to be installed at 19 crossings around Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials are taking action to increase safety at 19 railroad crossings around the commonwealth by adding crossing gates and other safety equipment.  The cabinet is seeking the Federal Highway Administration’s approval to use $3.35 million in federal funds for the projects. 

“From Day One my administration has been committed to improving safety for the traveling public,” said Governor Fletcher.  “We are working closely with the railroad companies to ensure that crossings have adequate safety devices in place.  We have prioritized a number of crossings that will be upgraded with this funding.”

Under Governor Fletcher’s leadership, the Transportation Cabinet has administered more than $8 million in federal funding for railroad crossing safety upgrades in the past two years. 

Operation Lifesaver, a group that focuses on railroad safety, applauded Governor Fletcher’s action.

“Our core mission is to support and facilitate engineering, enforcement and education programs that will curb the number of vehicle-versus-train or trespass injury incidents,” said Kentucky’s state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver, Wayne Gentry.  “This collaborative effort between the Governor, Transportation Cabinet and railroad companies will greatly improve safety and most surely save lives.”

According to Operation Lifesaver, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every two hours in the United States.  About half of all crossing collisions occur at highway-rail intersections with flashing lights and/or gates.

Under Governor Fletcher’s plan, crossing gates, flashing lights and bells would be installed at the following crossings, by county:

  • Floyd County—CSX crossing on Mill Creek Road, $166,400.
  • Rockcastle County—CSX crossing on KY 1617 near U.S. 25 at Roundstone, $188,500.
  • Jefferson County—P and L crossing on Wathen Lane in Shively, $215,000; P and L crossing on Crums Lane and U.S. 31 in Shively, $164,000; CSX crossing on Blackburn Avenue north of junction 60 in Brownsboro Village, $164,000.
  • Hart County—CSX crossing on Bunnell Crossing Road, west of U.S. 31W at Rowletts, $167,300.
  • Pendleton County—CSX crossing on KY 1054 in Morgan, $216,500.
  • Carroll County—CSX crossing on KY 47 in Sanders, $175,400.
  • Harlan County—CSX crossing on Wilson Street in Evarts, $187,000.
  • Hart County—CSX crossing on KY 88 in Munfordville, $168,300.
  • Todd County—CSX crossing on KY 475 north of U.S. 41 near Trenton, $168,000.
  • Bell County—CSX crossing on KY 441 in Middlesboro, $215,000.
  • Boone County—CSX crossing on Main Street in Walton, $178,000.
  • Laurel County—CSX crossing on KY 1006 east of junction 25 north of Fariston, $167,000.
  • Oldham County—CSX crossing on Houston Lane at junction 146 in Pewee Valley, $172,000.

Gates will be added at the following crossings, which already have warning lights and bells:

  • Carlisle County—CNIC crossing on KY 877 west of junction U.S. 51 at Arlington, $172,200.
  • Jefferson County—P and L crossing on Blanton Lane near Pleasure Ridge Park, $176,000.
  • Logan County—RJ Corman crossing on College Street in Auburn, $166,200.
  • Nelson County—KRM crossing on KY 52 at Nelsonville, $130,600.

All crossing upgrades should be completed next year.  For more information, visit http://www.transportation.ky.gov.  Information about Operation Lifesaver is available at http://www.oli.org.


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