Claremore Daily Progress

December 23, 2011

District 3 receives grant for railroad crossing upgrade

Tom Fink
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — A railroad crossing in Inola will get a much-needed upgrade, thanks to a grant from Grand Gateway, according to Rogers County officials.

District 3 of Rogers County was recently approved for funding in the amount of a $25,000 by way of a Rural Energy for America (REAP) Grant from Grand Gateway Economic Development Association.

“I’m very excited that our district is the recipient of this grant as it will fully cover our portion of the expenses to upgrade a dangerous railroad crossing in Inola,” said Kirt Thacker, District 3 commissioner. “This crossing was identified as a ‘problem crossing’ by the Rail Division, and the grant will allow us to rectify that situation at no cost to the county.”

Plans for the crossing, located at the Union Pacific crossing at EW61, near the intersection of E. 610 Road and S. 4220 Road, include the installation of pedestal flashing light signals with gate arms and a 32-foot full depth concrete crossing surface.

Total project cost is $30,000, with the railroad funding $5,000 towards its completion, and the county responsible for $25,000, now fully covered through the REAP Grant.

“We’re extremely pleased to have been approved for this grant,” Thacker said. “It will improve safety at that (railroad) crossing and won’t come at any out-of-pocket expense to the county.”

Work on the railroad upgrade project is expected to begin some time next year.