Saturday, August 12, 2017

Railroad Pavement Markings, Signs to be Updated

Posted on August 12, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI

Some railroad signs and pavement markings will be updated soon in Starke County.

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners this week that INDOT recently conducted a railroad crossing audit for the county. Crews found 23 crossings that needed improvement with updated pavement markings or signs.

Ritzler said he is working on funding to update these crossings.

“We applied for a grant totaling just under $37,000 to replace 43 signs and 88 pavement markings,” commented Ritzler. “Pavement markings are expensive. For us to do it, it costs $610 per sticker, but TCS (Traffic Control Specialists) has a machine that can do it for the same price and much better. So, we’ve got a quote from them to do that. If we get the grant, they will be doing our pavement markings for us.”

Ritzler said this is not a matching or reimbursable grant. This particular grant covers 100 percent of the cost. Ritzler feels confident that the county will receive the grant since INDOT helped the county properly complete the paperwork.

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