Apply Now! Deadline for 2023 Local Grade Crossing Surface Program Sept. 29

Posted on August 4, 2023 by John LaMacchia

MDOT is now taking grant applications to the Local Grade Crossing Surface Program. Applications and estimates are due September 29!

New in 2023! The Local Grade Crossing Surface Program is launching a new, entirely online application format with e-confirmation of application submission.

The Local Grade Crossing Surface Program provides 60% state funding from “off-the-top” MTF, and requires a 40% railroad match for work to smooth out and repair grade crossing surfaces. There is no financial participation by a local road agency.

The Program to-date (2017-2023) has received over 600 applications and awarded approximately 350 crossing surface improvement projects. In the last three years alone, 19 county road agencies have received 47 grants from this program!

All prospective projects require an estimate from the railroad, proof of 40% railroad participation and documentation that relevant traffic control plans have been approved by the affected road agency.

There are significant public advantages if a proposed project can be done in conjunction with adjacent road work, as the entire crossing environment can be enhanced all at one time. If the road agency is planning to fund and construct its own adjacent roadway work, please note this on the application.

Application materials and instructions are available online at the MDOT Office of Rail web page. You can also view the letter that was sent to local road agencies by clicking the following link. Road Agency Letter

Contact the MDOT Local Grade Crossing office at 517.897.2103 with questions.

John LaMacchia is the League’s director of state & federal affairs. He can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0303.

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