Highway / Rail Grade Crossings

Blocked Crossings​ - Contact Local Law Enforcement

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, contact the railroad company that owns the rail line or local law enforcement officers.  Rail line ownership information at public highway railroad crossings may be found on a sign posted adjacent to the crossing.  When contacting the railroad company, be prepared to provide them with the following information:
  • Road Name
  • Crossing Number
  • County Name
  • Rail Owner
  • Date(s) and time(s) of obstruction
  • Known length of time of obstruction
  • Name of contacting citizen

Example of railroad crossing sign found adjacent to public highway railroad crossing:

KYTC Railroad Programs

 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.


Kentucky Operation Lifesaver

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.



        • 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!




      • 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.



 Contact Info


Railroad Crossing Safety Program 
Division of Right of Way & Utilities
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
Phone: (502) 564-3210
Fax: (502) 564-0505

Division of Planning
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
Fax: (502)564-2865
Email: Lynn Soporowski or
other points of contact.