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North Dakota asks for input on improving safety for railroad crossings

North Dakota had a total of 75 railroad crossing crashes between 2016 and 2020, 12 of which were fatal, according to the DOT draft. More than half, or 44, resulted in injuries.

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation is asking the public for input on how to improve safety at railroad crossings, according to a news release.

The DOT is putting together its Highway-Rail Grade Crossing State Action Plan. Currently in draft form, the plan will focus on strategies and finding solutions to improve safety measures for railroad crossings, including ones that intersect with highways, the release said.

The DOT wants to look at crossings that are at high risk for crashes.

“Fortunately, North Dakota does not have any highway-rail grade crossings that have experienced multiple collisions within the past five years,” the release said.

North Dakota had a total of 75 railroad crossing crashes between 2016 and 2020, 12 of which were fatal, according to the DOT draft. More than half, or 44, resulted in injuries.

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Crashes have trended down from 19 in 2017 to 10 in 2020, the draft said. One person died in 2020, down from 5 in 2017.

The draft can be viewed at bit.ly/34OeqOJ . Send comments to dotplanning@nd.gov with the subject line “State Action Plan” or by mail to Rebecca Geyer, NDDOT Planning and Asset Management Division, 608 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0700. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

To request accommodations for language interpretation or translation of written materials, contact Heather Christianson at 701-328-2978 or civilrights@nd.gov. Teletypewriter users may use Relay North Dakota at 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Related Topics: NORTH DAKOTAPUBLIC SAFETY
April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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