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MAT Staff July 31, 2018

Railroad Crossing Grant Funds

The Message below comes from MN DoT, which is seeking help from townships to decide where to award grant money for railroad crossing repair. The document linked in this news item includes more complete instructions on how to participate in the grant program. Rail-Grade-Crossing-Safety-solicitation-letter.pdf (16 downloads)

From MN DoT:

Please respond to the railroad crossings in your jurisdiction with a risk score of 7 (page 4 of the attachment). These crossings have been deemed an eligible project (based on the risk factors at these locations) by the engineers/project managers in our office.

If you, the road authority, have an eligible railroad crossing on the list and are willing to participate in a safety improvement project at the crossing for state fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), please reply with your agreement to fund 10% of the project cost by September 14, 2018.

The risk factors present at each crossing are noted in the attached letter. In 2016, MnDOT analyzed crash data to determine the risks present at each crossing. The resulting report is called the Rail Grade Crossing Safety Project Selection report (click on that link for more info on risk factors and results). This data was then merged into an Excel spreadsheet, which is also here for your review.

The Excel spreadsheet contains all open, public, at grade crossings in Minnesota. At this time, we are only looking at passive crossings with a rank of 7 to be funded for fiscal year 2021. You can filter and search for crossings in your area to see the risk factor (column DC). If you see data that isn’t correct (AADT, for example), please email me with the correct info.

Of the $6M that we receive from FHWA annually, our funding goals are the following:

  • Consolidation/Closures – up to 50%
  • Antiquated Equipment – between 25-50%
  • Grade Crossing Control Criteria – between 25-50%.

Once we receive the responses for this solicitation, we will then score each project internally. If we receive and select more projects than can be funded in state fiscal year 2021, we will work with you to program that project in state fiscal year 2022.

The Excel spreadsheet (Rail Grade Crossing Safety Solicitation) and report mentioned above can be found here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/railroad/safety.html

 

Amy L. Johnson, Program Manager
Rail Grade Crossing Safety
MnDOT – Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations
395 John Ireland Bvld., MS 470
St Paul, MN  55155
Amy.L.Johnson@state.mn.us
651/366-3709

Post expires at 2:00am on Saturday September 15th, 2018