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State approves $60,250 for safer Clark County rail crossings
Four crossings to be upgraded
OLYMPIA, Wash. – State regulators today approved $60,250 in upgrade costs to improve the safety of four railroad crossings in Clark County.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grants for two communities following requests from Clark County and the City of Battle Ground.
Two crossings in the City of Vancouver—NW Fruit Valley Road and NE St. John Road—will receive $20,000 each to help fund replacement of current track, structure and asphalt surface, along with new mainline rail, hardwood crossties and concrete surface panels. A third crossing at E. Main Street in Battle Ground will receive $20,000 for similar improvements.
Each of these projects is largely funded through the state Department of Transportation’s Freight Rail Assistance Program Grants, with some funding contributed by the Clark County Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, owned by the county.
The commission also released $250 to fund a project related to replacement of cross-buck and other signage at the Main Street crossing in Battle Ground.
The 1969 Legislature created the GCPF program to provide money for safety measures to reduce accidents and fatalities at public and private crossings and along railroad tracks.
The UTC regulates railroad safety, including approving new grade crossings and closing or altering existing rail crossings, investigating train accidents, inspecting public-railroad crossings, approving safety projects and managing safety education through Operation Lifesaver.