UTC approves $160,000 in rail crossing grants for Eastern Washington

Docket Numbers: TR-220073, TR-220074, TR-220075, TR-220076, TR-220077, TR-220078, TR-220079, and TR-220080

LACEY, Wash. - State regulators approved $160,000 in grant funding for safety upgrades at railroad crossings in Grant, Lincoln, and Spokane Counties.

The Utilities and Transportation Commission authorized Grade Crossing Protective Fund grants for eight projects at the request of Washington Eastern Railroad, LLC.

These upgrades will replace outdated crossing equipment and train detection systems and improve the overall safety of roadway users.

Project locations include:

  • · Brooks Road in Medical Lake.
  • · Craig Road in Four Lakes.
  • · Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road in Four Lakes.
  • · State Route 28 in Davenport.
  • · State Route 231 in Reardan.
  • · State Route 902 in Medical Lake.
  • · State Route 904 in Cheney.
  • · State Route 2 in Coulee City.

Washington Eastern Railroad can receive up to $20,000 in grant funding for each project and will be responsible for any additional costs.

In 1969, the Legislature created the GCPF program to provide funding 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 rail crossings and closing or altering existing crossings, investigating train accidents, inspecting railroad crossings, approving safety projects, and promoting rail safety education through Operation Lifesaver.