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The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) expects to spend more than $250 million from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) to help local communities and railroads pay for safety improvements at nearly 800 rail crossings across the state.
The ICC, a quasi-judicial body made up of five commissioners, regulates the general safety of railroad tracks, facilities and equipment in Illinois through its Rail Safety Program. The Commission released its 2020-2024 Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Plan on April 3.
“Each year the ICC compiles and approves a plan to make rail crossings across Illinois safer for motorists and pedestrians. The Crossing Safety Improvement Program prioritizes projects and allocates funds for much-needed rail crossing safety projects along local roads and streets across the state,” ICC Chairman Brien J. Sheahan said in a written statement.
The Plan, which increases the spend on crossings from the $194 million outlined in a five-year plan released in 2018, proposes to provide assistance from the GCPF to help cover the cost of 17 highway-rail bridge projects, 4 pedestrian-rail bridge projects, 253 at-grade crossing warning device projects, and low-cost improvements at an estimated 500 crossing locations. In FY 2020, the ICC will consider projects requiring commitments from the GCPF totaling nearly $50 million, including over $28 million for bridge projects.
A number of projects are expected to begin work in fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020), including:
The Crossing Safety Improvement Plan is published annually by the ICC and can be found on the ICC website.
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