Railroad crossing improvements are planned for North Carolina as part of a federal effort to reduce collisions between trains and motor vehicles.
North Carolina is set to receive a part of the $570 million federal grant. It’s the first of its kind focused on curbing train-vehicle collisions and train-related traffic problems. Money for the improvements will come from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Department of Transportation will oversee the effort.
In some cases, the money will be used to replace railroad crossings with bridges or other ways for vehicular traffic to bypass the tracks. It was unclear what specific railroad crossings would be addressed in North Carolina.
“These projects are going to improve safety and make navigating these crossings more convenient, eliminating countless hours of wait time for commuters, first responders on their way to save lives and more,” said White House infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu.
A variety of railroad crossing projects were eligible for the federal money, including improvement of safety devices, signals and signs. In the first phase of the program, efforts will be focused on more than 400 locations where railroad tracks cross busy roads. In addition to North Carolina, those projects will be getting underway in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Missouri and New York.