The funds, if created underneath this invoice, could possibly be used to rework a crossing in order that highway site visitors would journey both over or underneath a railroad.
LANSING — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, has launched laws to create a program geared toward enhancing security and site visitors stream at rail crossings.
“The objective is to assist the state and native communities resolve long-standing congestion points at railroad crossings and enhance the security of Michigan drivers by decreasing — and finally eliminating — the prospect of a collision with a practice,” mentioned Zorn.
Senate Invoice 364 would create a brand new Native Grade Separation Grant Program to offer state matching funds for native governments and the rail trade focused on pursuing excessive precedence railroad grade separations on native roads.
The funds could be used to rework a crossing in order that highway site visitors would journey both over or underneath the railroad.
“Because the rail trade turns into extra environment friendly and trains improve in size, they are going to block crossings for longer intervals of time,” Zorn mentioned. “That is dangerous for first responders for whom time is crucial, producers whose staff or vans are delayed, and native companies who lose clients as drivers take totally different routes to keep away from a blocked crossing.”
In response to the Michigan Railroads Affiliation, Michigan ranks 15th worst within the nation for the variety of collisions, accidents, and fatalities at highway-rail crossings.
“My invoice is modeled after a program in Indiana and can create partnerships between the state, native governments and the trade to handle this rising infrastructure drawback,” Zorn mentioned.
SB 364 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.