The construction and inventory of Rail Crossings on public roads throughout the Commonwealth is handled by the Utilities and Rails Branch
of the KYTC Division of Right of Way and Utilities
. Rail Section staff inventories the location, condition, and other information for all at-grade railroad-public roadway crossings in Kentucky. Rails Section staff also administer the federal Section 130 program that funds the improvements of rail-roadway crossings. Rails Section staff are responsible for prioritizing safety upgrades to public rail/highway crossings and the programming of funds for the work done to maintain and upgrade the crossings. For more information on Kentucky’s Highway/Railroad Crossing Safety Program, contact the Utilities and Rails Branch
of the Division of Right of Way and Utilities at (502) 564-3210.
Per KRS 277.200 railroads are prohibited from blocking any public highway or street by stopping and permitting trains, engines or cars to stand upon a public grade crossing for more than 5 minutes at any one time, unless such stopping and standing is caused by circumstances beyond the control of the railroad. In the event of a perpetually blocked crossing, local law enforcement officers must be called to observe the violation and to cite the offending railroad company pursuant to KRS 277.990 (6).
Kentucky Operation Lifesaver
Kentucky Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that works to prevent death and injuries at Highway-Railroad grade crossings and Railroad right-of-ways. Approximately every two hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. About half of all crossing collisions occur at highway-rail intersections with flashing lights and/or gates. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is a proud supporter of Kentucky Operation Lifesaver.
LOOK, LISTEN and LIVE!
- Always look both ways before crossing the track
- Listen for the sound of an approaching train.
- Before crossing tracks, remember Operation Lifesaver’s safety slogan-LOOK, LISTEN, AND LIVE!
STAY OFF! STAY AWAY! STAY ALIVE!
- Railroad tracks, bridges, tunnels and trains are private property. People who do not have permission to be on railroad property are trespassing.
- Property closely surrounding the tracks is called the railroad right-of-way. It also belongs to the railroad and not only is it dangerous, but it is also illegal to be there.
- Tracks are for trains, not for people; stay off! Walking on railroad tracks is dangerous and illegal.