There are approximately 4800 public railroad crossings in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has regulatory responsibilities to assess the physical condition and safety needs of these crossings. MDOT should be notified of safety concerns at crossings. Railroads and road authorities are also required to request a review if there is a planned project in the vicinity of an existing crossing or if a proposed project would create a new crossing. Limited funding is available to assist with projects that improve motorist safety at public railroad crossings.
Crossing Surface Program
The Crossing Surface Program provides funding assistance for surface improvements through a competitive call for projects open to road authorities. The Program can cover 60% of project costs, with the railroad responsible for the remaining 40%. The 2017 call for projects is closed. With over 130 applications from 40 road agencies, 76 crossings will receive funding in 2017. The next call for projects will open in September 2017.
Crossing Safety Enhancement Program
MDOT provides funding for safety enhancements, like active-warning devices, at existing public grade crossings on local roads and state trunklines. In accordance with federal and state laws, crossings are evaluated statewide to develop annual prioritized projects for safety improvements where they will have the greatest impact for the motoring public. Funding may also be available for crossings affected by road projects.
Crossing Elimination Program
Funding is available to enhance motorist safety by eliminating public railroad crossings on local roads. Cash incentives are available to local road authorities for road closures. Project costs associated with relocating/realigning active track to eliminate crossings are also eligible for funding. Contributions towards grade separations are available as well.
Crossing Program Contact:
Kris Foondle, Local Crossing Project Manager
- Project Funding Standards
- Maintaining Railroad Crossings
- Quiet Zones
- MDOT Guidelines for Highway-Railroad Crossings
- Railroad Code of 1993
- School Buses at Crossings
- Michigan's Enforcement Guide for Law Enforcement's Response to Railroad Incidents
- Special Stops Required at Crossings
- Parking Prohibitions Near Crossings
- Crossing Fatalities