MDOT uses dedicated state and federal dollars to improve motorist safety through warning-device enhancements, crossing-surface replacements, and crossing elimination projects. There are approximately 4800 public railroad crossings throughout the state.
Safety Enhancements: MDOT provides funding for safety enhancements, like active-warning devices, at existing public grade crossings. Projects are primarily identified through an annual prioritization process to identify where investments will have the greatest impact for the motoring public. Funding may also be available for crossings affected by road projects.
Crossing Surface Program: In the first four years of the program, MDOT has had almost 400 applications resulting in approximately 200 approved projects to improve local crossing surfaces. The 2021 Call for Projects will open in summer 2020.
Crossing Eliminations: MDOT provides lump-sum cash incentives to road authorities permanently closing public roads at railroad crossings and provides capped funding incentives towards track realignment projects that eliminate public at-grade crossings.
- Form 2071 - Local Crossing Surface Application
- 2021 Call for Surface Projects-Sample Road Agency Letter
- 2021 Call for Surface Projects-Sample Railroad Letter
- 2020 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- 2019 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- 2018 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- 2017 Local Crossing Surface Projects
- Railroad Crossing Closure Program
- Project Funding Standards
- Quiet Zones