WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced more than $5.7 million in new federal funding to the City of Akron to make improvements to Evans Avenue – a busy railroad crossing that carries approximately 4,000 vehicles per day. The grant is part of efforts to accommodate increased rail traffic in the future that would cause auto traffic on Evans Avenue.
“The smooth flow of traffic through this corridor is critical to the flow of commerce and the local economy,” said Brown. “Ensuring that Ohioans and commercial vehicles can get through the area efficiently will help keep drivers safe.”
CSXT Railroad has 32 train crossing per day, with about one freight train crossing every 45 minutes. The Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA) also owns tracks in the corridor and anticipates new local freight service on its tracks. In the future, RTA’s tracks could be used for passenger rail service between Canton, Akron and Cleveland. The funding – awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE competitive grant program – will help build two bridges over the rail lines to improve safety and help auto traffic avoid delays associated with trains passing through the area.