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Railroad Crossings To Close

Fulton County officials announced Friday that Norfolk Southern railroad crossings in western Fulton County will be closed Sunday, Feb. 25, and Monday, Feb. 26.

The Franklin Street crossing will be among those closed Monday.

 Co. Rds. 13, 16, and 18, will be closed during the day on Sunday.

 Co. Rd. 20 will be closed during the day Sunday, and then remain closed overnight.

 The Leggett Street-Co. Rd. E crossing on the east side of Wauseon will be closed Sunday.

 County officials said the purpose of the closings is to install Positive Train Control signals on the NS twin-track mainline.

 Information from the NS website states, “Positive Train Control is technology designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed, unauthorized incursions by trains into sections of track where repairs are being made, and movements of a train through an improperly aligned track switch.”

 The website further states: “The U.S. Congress has required that railroads install PTC on tracks that carry passenger trains or toxic-by-inhalation materials. The installation of PTC capability involves work on thousands of locomotives; a large new wireless communications network; and thousands of trackside devices connected to signals, switches, and other wayside devices.”

 Internet research indicates PTC systems were to be installed by December 2015; the government extended the deadline to Dec. 2018.–Posted 12:21 pm, Friday, Feb. 23.

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