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Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook - Revised Second Edition August 2007
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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook - Revised Second Edition 2007

5. Report Date

August 2007

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)*

Brent D. Ogden, Korve Engineering, a Division of DMJM+Harris

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Institute of Transportation Engineers 1627 I ("Eye") Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20006

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety Design Federal Highway Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

September 2004 to July 2007

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes:

FHWA Contracting Officer’s Task Order Manager: Guan Xu; ITE Project Manager: Lisa M. Fontana Tierney; FHWA Editor: Bonny Falk; Technical Editor: Clare L. James

Notable contributions were made by: Kurt Anderson, Anita Boucher, Peggy Baer, George W. Black, Jr., Bill Browder, Rick Campbell, Anya A. Carroll, Debra Chappell, James Cheeks, Fred Coleman III, Andy Davis, R.W. Eck, Deborah Freund, Jim Gibson, Brian F. Gilleran, Joseph Glinsky Jr., Gerri Hall, Darin Kosmak, Tom R. Lancaster, Charles R. (Ray) Lewis II, Phillip R. Poichuk, Ron Ries, Amir Rizavi, Peter Rusch, Eugene R. Russell, Robert K. Seyfried, John T. Sharkey, Travis Tinken, Thomas P. Woll, and Tom R. Zeinz.

16. Abstract

The purpose of the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook – Revised Second Edition is to provide a single reference document on prevalent and best practices as well as adopted standards relative to highway-rail grade crossings. The handbook provides general information on highway-rail crossings; characteristics of the crossing environment and users; and the physical and operational improvements that can be made at highway-rail grade crossings to enhance the safety and operation of both highway and rail traffic over crossing intersections. The guidelines and alternative improvements presented in this handbook are primarily those that have proved effective and are accepted nationwide.

This handbook supersedes the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook, published in September 1986. This update includes a compendium of materials that were included in the previous version of the handbook, supplemented with new information and regulations that were available at the time of the update. Updates were drawn from the current versions of relevant legislation, policy memoranda, Federal Register notices, and regulatory actions.

17. Key Words

Grade Crossing, Railroad, Traffic Control, Crossing Surfaces, Crossing Safety

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages 324

22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)         Reproduction of completed page authorized

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