Safety grant to pay for new rail crossing upgrades in Bonnie

BONNIE — As a matter of public safety, the Illinois Commerce Commission recently granted approval of a Stipulated Agreement to install new automatic flashing light signals and gates and reconstruct the existing highway approach grades at the East Lang Lane Crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) in the Village of Bonnie.

The total estimated cost to install the new automatic warning devices is $262,805.

ICC Staff recommends that the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) be used to reimburse UP for 95% of the installation costs, not to exceed $249,665.

The rail company will pay all remaining installation costs as well as all future costs to maintain the new warning devices.

UP will also be required to pay all costs to install and maintain temporary STOP signs at the crossing until the new automatic warning devices are installed and operational.

The Village of Bonnie is required to reconstruct the existing highway approach grades.

However, staff recommends that the GCPF be used to reimburse the Village for 100% of the costs to reconstruct the approach grades.

The Village of Bonnie is not required to pay any costs associated with this improvement.