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Burgess_2_2010.ppt - West Virginia GIS Technical Center

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									 West Virginia Department of Transportation




Progress of the Railroad Crossings Project
   at the West Virginia Department of
              Transportation

                                Authors
         Marshall Burgess, Everett Perry, and Kyle Weatherholt



         Geospatial Transportation Information Section
 Highway –Rail Grade Programs

 1912 First authorization of federal funds for highway construction in modern
 times


During the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s Congress passed more legislation that
provided money for crossing safety

In 1970’s congress passed several pieces of legislation that was aimed the safety issues at
railroad crossing; that by 1975 all public and private crossings had been surveyed and put in
the U.S. DOT National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory.

This initial inventory was mandated and funded. It was also focused more towards the
needs of railroads than Highways.
The continuous maintenance of this database was mandated but unfunded
(voluntary).


Over the next 33 years new crossings were entered
when requested existing crossings were updated



Due to the focus and the voluntary nature of the continuous maintenance
of the data the information about the highway system was not always updated
Properly


In the late 1990’s early 2000’s an attempt was made to add
Latitude and Longitude information to the database by FRA using a contractor
to supply this information for the whole system
The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008


Require accurate Latitude and Longitude data for each crossing



Yearly reporting of data for all crossings



Rules are now laws



Set deadline of October 16, 2010 for the initial reinventory
October 2009 started organizing and verifying data available


 FRA inventory database with latitude and longitude from contractor
   The latitudes and longitudes were not accurate and were duplicated
    putting 20 to 30 crossings on the same point.

     Since the Road names were not updated on a regular basis or at all the
      road names had been changed at least once and most likely many times
      over the past 33 years we could not use them to connect to our inventory
      database.


 RTI and SAMB data layers

 Track Charts

 County Maps with crossing number created by utility inspector
RTI Data




           SAMB Data
WVDOT Data
WVDOT Data intersected with road layer
  Crossing created using intersect tool




                                          Field crew




Track charts
http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/publicsite/crossing/Xingqryloc.aspx
Benefits of all this effort

Improved safety

More accurate information as our data is changed in the road inventory log we can
automatically apply to the FRA database

Better communication with the different railroad companies

								
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