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Ohio 79 crossing to be fixed

By Charles Prince

HEBRON – The railroad grade crossing on Ohio 79 just north of O’Neill Drive will be repaired yet this year, Village Administrator Ralph Wise told village council members Wednesday night.

After three meetings, Wise said a consensus has been reached about the scope of the project and cost-sharing. The Ohio Rail Commission will use a federal 90/10 cost-share program to pay for the repairs. The Ohio Department of Transportation will provide the 10 percent non-federal match by supplying material and/ or in-kind work.

The crossing is not owned by the village nor the Ohio Central Railroad. The railroad is preparing bid specs so the project can be bid and completed this fall. Wise said the repairs will likely completely close Ohio 79 at the crossing for four to five days in late October or early November.

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