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Railroad Safety Program


The Railroad Safety Unit's Mission is to identify, reduce and eliminate hazards at at-grade railroad crossings in the State of Georgia through the installation of warning device equipment, crossing consolidation, roadway and striping improvements to crossing approaches and grade separations.


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.



FY 2019


Signing and marking projects addressed 865 crossings totaling $1.2 M


Warning device projects at 135 crossings totaling $10.6 M

Railroad Grade Crossing Maintenance


Helpful Resources

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For more information regarding the Railroad Crossing Safety Program and Railroad Grade Crossing Maintenance, please contact:

Georgia DOT Contact

Kevin Cowan
State Railroad Crossing Program Manager
Office of Utilities

Railroad Contacts

Georgia DOT also provides a contact list of railroad companies throughout the state.


Railroad Crossing Complaint

Want to submit a complaint concerning a railroad crossing in your area? Visit our Contact Us webpage and select Railroad Crossing Issue in the Subject field. Please include the following information in the Comment field; date, time, county, route number, road name, crossing inventory number, approximate location and general information about the issue.


Submit Railroad Crossing Complaint

Visit Georgia DOT's Contact Us webpage and select Railroad Crossing Issue in the Subject field. 

The correspondence should include the following information as a minimum; date, time, county, route number, road name, Crossing Inventory Number, approximate location and information about the issue.

Railroad Safety Program

Georgia DOT's Office of Utilities handles the following railroad coordination and safety activities for the state.