Safety enhancements coming to NS-served communities in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear this week announced grants totaling $1.25 million to help pay for new signals, lights, and other safety improvements at 11 railroad crossings in eight Kentucky counties. Five of these crossings are in communities served by Norfolk Southern, and the company was the only Class 1 railroad to receive funding for these safety improvements.

Norfolk Southern is committed to enhancing the safety of railway crossings across the communities we serve, and we are grateful for Gov. Beshear's partnership in this effort to further public safety," said Will Miller, Public Safety Director for Norfolk Southern. "By installing supplemental safety measures like raised curb devices at these crossings, we are taking proactive steps to safeguard the well-being of our train crews, first responders, and other motorists."

Norfolk Southern received a grant totaling $102,936 for the installation of raised curbs and delineators to keep vehicles in line while stopped at crossings, preventing them from attempting to drive around lowered or lowering crossing arms when signals are activated. These safety devices will be installed at five crossings:

  • Jefferson County, City of Louisville: 15th Street crossing
  • Jefferson County, City of Louisville: Floyd Street crossing
  • Jefferson County, City of Louisville: Garland Avenue crossing
  • Kenton County, City of Fort Mitchell: Beachwood Road crossing
  • Scott County, City of Georgetown: Main Street crossing

“The push for continuous improvement in transportation safety doesn’t end with roads and bridges. It also extends to railways, especially to the crossings where cars, trucks, school buses and emergency vehicles pass every day,” Gov. Beshear said in the release.