ARDOT gets grant for railroad crossing safety improvements

Four Union County locations selected

The Eldorado News-Times

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has received a $685,600 grant to improve signs and pavement markings at nearly 300 railroad crossings in the state, including four in Union County.

According to a news release, the funding comes from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant program, which helps to direct funds toward rural communities in order to upgrade rail infrastructure. The program awarded roughly $56.9 million in grants for 18 projects in 16 states. The grants were announced last month by the Federal Railroad Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“These funds will help repair and upgrade rail infrastructure that will increase safety and service,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in the release.

The Arkansas project will add 133 advanced warning signs, 473 railroad pavement marking symbols and 494 stop lines at 298 railroad crossings on state and U.S. highways in 52 counties. In Union County, four projects are identified in a map in the news release, with three located in or near El Dorado and one near Norphlet. READ MORE.

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