MDOT uses dedicated state and federal dollars to improve motorist safety through warning-device and crossing-surface enhancements at the approximately 4800 public railroad crossings throughout the state as well as the elimination of crossings altogether.
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: Through a competitive call-for-projects, MDOT provides up to a 60% funding match for crossing surface improvements on local roads. The 2020 Call for Projects is open, with program letters containing additional details mailed to all road authorities and railroads. Application materials can also be found in the Additional Information section. The deadline for submittals is September 27, 2019. Project selections are expected to be confirmed by late November, with authorizations scheduled to be issued in time for the 2020 construction season. In the first three years of the program we have had over 300 applications resulting in approximately 160 approved projects to improve local crossing surfaces.
Crossing Eliminations: MDOT provides cash incentives to road authorities closing roads at crossings and provides funding towards track realignment projects that eliminate public at-grade crossings.
Jim D'Lamater, Engineer Manager, 517-335-3577
Kris Foondle, Local Crossing Program Manager, 517-335-3054
Steve Rapp, Trunkline Grade Separations Engineer, 517-335-3043
Nisia Tebbe, Trunkline Crossing Engineer, 517-335-2272
- Form 2071 - Local Crossing Surface Application
- 2020 Call for Surface Projects-Sample Railroad Letter
- 2020 Call for Surface Projects-Sample Road Agency Letter
- 2019 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- 2018 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- 2017 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- Railroad Crossing Closure Program
- Project Funding Standards
- Quiet Zones