The Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Utilities (Department) administers a federally funded Section 130 program to evaluate and fund railroad-highway grade crossing safety improvements at public at-grade railroad crossings throughout the state of Georgia. Improvements under this Program may include the installation of new or upgraded train activated warning devices (bells, gates, and flashing lights); signing and pavement marking upgrades; elimination of redundant or unnecessary crossings; and other measures to enhance the safety and operational characteristics of Georgia’s public railroad-highway at-grade crossings.
The Department routinely partners with local road authorities for provision of roadway improvements or other modifications needed to accommodate the Grade Crossing Safety projects. Crossings are added to the program based on several factors including but not limited to: hazard index formulas, accident history, vehicular traffic, train traffic, school bus traffic, truck traffic, sight distance, consolidation opportunities, traffic/economic growth, and roadway conditions at a crossing. The program consists of a living list of potential projects, being reprioritized as crossing conditions change. Cost and scheduling play a role in where a project may fall in the program. The links below have additional information about our program.