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Sec. 5. (a) Orders of the Indiana department of transportation relating to automatic train-activated warning signals and to the closing of grade crossings may be issued:
(1) on the department's own initiative;
(2) upon petition of a governing body or authorized official administering a public highway or street; or
(3) upon petition of a person or entity operating a railroad.
All procedures shall be prescribed by rules established by the department, which must give regard to the requirements of notice and opportunity to be heard.
(b) Whenever any grade crossing is under consideration by the department for the installation of automatic warning signals, the department shall, in cooperation with other governmental agencies of the state, determine if the installation of signals can be made with the use of federal aid funds. If funds are available, the department's order may provide for the use of the funds and for all necessary compliance with applicable federal statutes and regulations.
(c) The authority vested in the department to order the installation, replacement, relocation, modernization, or improvement of automatic warning signals and the closing of grade crossings does not preclude the signal work or closing being performed by contract between a railroad and the governmental agency controlling the public way. If a mutually agreed upon contract for action has been made, no petition to the department is required, and if a contract is agreed upon after the department has assumed jurisdiction, the department may dismiss the proceeding upon the motion of a party.
(d) For the purpose of expediting railroad grade crossing protection projects that require the obligation of local funds to supplement federal aid funds available for railroad grade crossing protection, the department may make loans or grants to local units from the railroad grade crossing fund created under section 6.1 of this chapter to provide the money necessary to supplement those federal aid funds. The loans or grants shall be made under terms and conditions established by the department under rules adopted under IC 4-22-2. A local unit may contract with a railroad concerning payment of the money necessary to supplement federal aid funds upon terms and conditions as they may agree.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Indiana Code Title 8. Utilities and Transportation § 8-6-7.7-5 - last updated June 08, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/in/title-8-utilities-and-transportation/in-code-sect-8-6-7-7-5/
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