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BENTON – As a matter of public safety, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently granted approval of a Stipulated Agreement to install new automatic warning devices at the Linn Road highway-rail grade crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad Company’s track near Benton.
The agreement requires the Union Pacific Railroad to install automatic flashing light signals and gates with a bell, controlled by constant warning time circuitry, and equipped with an event recorder and remote monitor at the Linn Road grade crossing.
The estimated cost of the safety improvements is $253,355.
The ICC recommends that the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) be used to reimburse the company up to 95 percent of the installation costs, not to exceed $240,687. The railroad will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs for the new warning devices.
All work is to be completed by Jan. 5, 2023.