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New safety features may be in store for Silvercreek railroad crossing in Wadsworth

By Beau Dusz correspondent

WADSWORTH: Additional safety features may be added to the railroad crossing on Silvercreek Road in the southeast section of the city, Safety Director Matt Hiscock said.

Hiscock told City Council's Safety Committee Monday the Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to fund the improvements.

According to Hiscock, the city has had a number of complaints from citizens concerning "near misses" at the crossing.  He termed the crossing "dangerous."

The improvements are expected to include flashing lights and arms to block the roadway when a train is in the area.

Hiscock also explained, since the crossing is near Wadsworth High School, students driving to or from school have a tendency to use the tracks as a "jump." The funding may include improving the crossing to lessen the tendency to try jumping, Hiscock noted.

The Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force was formed in 2002 to study and determine the need for improvements at crossings to promote safety.



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