The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Planning, along with its Division of Right of Way and Utilities plus the Kentucky Rail Crossing Improvement Program, recently issued $1.25 million in grants to help pay for new signals, lights and other safety improvements at 11 railroad crossings in eight Kentucky counties.
[Above photo by KYTC]
KYTC added that those three entities will fund 80 percent of the expected railroad crossing improvement project costs.
When selecting grant recipients, KYTC pointed out that it examined factors such as crash history, traffic type – vehicle, train, and truck – physical condition, project cost, and the federal railroad crossing score.
“The push for continuous improvement in transportation safety doesn’t end with roads and bridges. It also extends to railways, especially to the crossings where cars, trucks, school buses and emergency vehicles pass every day,” noted Governor Andy Beshear (D) in a statement.
KYTC said those railroad improvement crossing grants were made to Norfolk Southern Railway, Paducah and Louisville Railway, RJ Corman Railroad Group and Transkentucky Transportation Railroad – projects that all require a 20 percent funding match.
“These grants represent a worthwhile investment in public safety and rail transportation efficiency,” added KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.