MDOT uses dedicated state and federal dollars to improve motorist safety through warning-device enhancements, crossing-surface replacements, and crossing elimination projects. There are approximately 4800 public railroad crossings throughout the state.
Safety Enhancements: MDOT provides funding for safety enhancements, like active-warning devices, at existing public grade crossings. Projects are primarily identified through an annual prioritization process to identify where investments will have the greatest impact for the motoring public. Funding may also be available for crossings affected by road projects.
Crossing Surface Program: MDOT provides annual funding assistance for crossing surface improvements on local roads. Over 200 local crossings have been selected for improvement projects in the first four years of the program between 2017-2020. The next call for projects will open July 2021.
Crossing Eliminations: MDOT provides lump-sum cash incentives to road authorities permanently closing public roads at railroad crossings and provides capped funding incentives towards track realignment projects that eliminate public at-grade crossings.