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Cincinnati to receive federal funds to improve railroad crossings

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Jun 02, 2022

CINCINNATI — The City of Cincinnati is slated to receive up to $6 million in federal funding to improve four railroad crossings in the city, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced $13 million in rail infrastructure funding would go to Ohio, split between the improvements to be made in Cincinnati and track relocation and alterations at a trainyard in Brewster, Ohio, south of Akron.

Cincinnati's funding will go toward new signal equipment at intersections to improve safety for drivers.

"The upgraded signals will provide programmed signalization, preemptive warnings, gates, highway signalization, highway lighting and crossing approach signage," read a press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The intersections that will see improvements are all located on the west side:

  • Barkley Avenue (near Riverside Park)
  • Access Road (near Anderson Ferry Road)
  • Anderson Ferry Road
  • 5300 River Road (near Bender Road)

The press release also said Cincinnati would provide a 20% match to the federal funds provided for the project. Cincinnati's Department of Transportation & Engineering said they expect the projects will be completed by 2026.

"We're thrilled and grateful for this grant," said Laura Bruner, president and CEO of The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, in a press release. "It will improve safety and reliability of railroad crossings and vital infrastructure, connect people to jobs, increase supply chain efficiencies and drive sustainable economic growth.

The crossings extend over CSX Transportation and Central Railroad of Indiana tracks.

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