Warren County (Friday, July 2, 2021) - Construction has been completed on state Route 63 near Monroe for a railroad crossing safety upgrade project at the Indiana and Ohio Railway (IORY) at-grade crossing, and a new warning device will be activated later this month.
Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation have installed mast arm supports and signal equipment as part of an interconnected traffic signal project to control vehicular traffic at the railroad crossing just east of Monroe.
In addition to improving safety for the IORY and motorists on S.R. 63 and Union Road, the interconnected traffic signal will allow traffic on S.R. 63 to move through the intersection freely when there is no train approaching the crossing.
Currently, the signal is scheduled to be activated on Monday, July 12. Once this occurs, the signal be in a continuous yellow flashing mode on S.R. 63 when there is no train on the rail line, and motorists can proceed through the intersection as they normally do.
When a train is detected, the signal will first change to a solid yellow, and motorists should prepare to stop. This will be followed by a solid red warning signal while the train is crossing the intersection. Motorists are advised that as the signal changes from yellow to red, crossing the intersection will be prohibited. Signs facing Union Road will illuminate when a train is detected to prohibit right turns on red so that motorists can’t turn and cross the tracks.
Bansal Construction was awarded a contract for approximately $157,500 to complete the project, and all work is scheduled to be completed by late July.