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Grade Crossing

 

The Grade Crossing Unit performs engineering and administrative liaison between the Department of Transportation's eleven engineering districts the Public Utility Commission (PUC),and the Railroads that operate within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This Unit provides guidance and direct support to the eleven District Grade Crossing Engineers/Administrators (DGCE/A) for performing functions that relate to highway-railroad crossings for both Section 130 Safety improvement projects and department highway/bridge projects involving railroad facilities. This support extending from planning through construction and project closeout, assures compliance with Grade Crossing Manual, Pub371, and applicable 23 CFR regulations.

A highway-railroad crossing is a special type of intersection involving joint use of right-of-way for both railroad and highway operations. A highway-railroad crossing is the intersection of a highway with a railroad's right-of-way upon which railroad tracks lie and can be at, above or below the grade of the highway.

In addition to assisting the DGCE/A's with the filing of formal PUC applications and other required pertinent submissions to the PUC, and the day-to-day railroad coordination activities, the Grade Crossing Unit also coordinates with the Office of Chief Counsel to assure that the department is adhering to required regulations and testifying at formal PUC hearings.

The Grade Crossing Unit provides the necessary certification training to DGCE/A's and railroad coordination training to department personnel involved with the management and delivery of department projects it conducts. Quality Assurance Reviews and issues required department policy and procedural changes through, strike-off letters.

The Grade Crossing Manual was developed by PennDOT to guide State, Local, and Railroad officials responsible for the administration, design, construction and operation of highway-railroad crossings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Grade Crossing Unit Info:

Pennsylvania Operation Lifesaver is part of the international non-profit Operation Lifesaver public education organization that was first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way. For more information about Pennsylvania Operation Lifesaver visit www.oliofpa.org
 
 
 

Contacts :

Dan Leonard   717-214-4522

Greg Vaughn   717-772-3079