The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Utilities administers the Federally Funded Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Program by identifying and funding safety enhancement projects at the public highway-rail grade crossings in Georgia. Requirements for this program are documented in 23 CFR 924 and FHWA's Federal Aid Policy Guide dated December 9, 1991.
The majority of projects initiated by this office involve the installation of train activated warning devices in the form of bells, lights and gates. Per federal regulations the Department develops a priority list based on information including, but not limited to, traffic volumes, train volumes, level of warning, accident history and school bus traffic.
This office is also involved in corridor projects that focus on specific railroad segments to address issues of safety through a combination of the crossing closures, crossing consolidations and/or crossing signalizations. Other special railroad related projects developed by this office include railroad circuitry enhancements, lens upgrades, and signing and/or pavement marking installations and upgrades.