In an effort to enhance safety and satisfy all requirements of the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has partnered with Norfolk Southern and other railroads in Georgia to install new signage at hundreds of passive public highway-rail grade crossings in the state. “Stop” or “Yield” signs will be added at nearly 600 crossings in Georgia that do not have automatic warning devices, such as lights or gates. With 582 affected crossings in Georgia, Norfolk Southern’s project is by far the largest due to the size and complexity of its system in Georgia.
Funding for the statewide project includes money from the USDOT’s Railway-Highway Crossings Program, which makes funds available to states for the cost of construction of projects for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings.
“The interest and investment in the safety of the Georgia’s motoring public by Norfolk Southern and the other railroads operating in Georgia is commendable,” said GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “These partnerships will improve safety at passive railroad crossings throughout the state.”
“Our collaboration with GDOT allows us to move forward to enhance safety at highway-rail grade crossings that are not equipped with active warning devices,” said John Scheib, NS’ executive vice president law and administration and chief legal officer. “Collectively it represents both the state’s and the railroad’s deep commitment to public safety.”
Other railroads with which GDOT is partnering include Georgia Northeastern Railroad, Georgia Southern Railway, Ogeechee Railroad Company and St. Mary’s Railway West.
Counties with impacted crossings in Georgia include Baldwin, Banks, Bibb, Bleckley, Burke, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Cook, Coweta, Crisp, Dade, DeKalb, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Echols, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Glascock, Glynn, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Monroe, Muscogee, Paulding, Peach, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Spalding, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Tift, Turner, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whitfield and Wilkinson.