Intersection & Other High-Risk
In South Carolina, from 2008 to 2012, vehicle-train crashes accounted for 17 fatalities and 32 severe injuries. As a result of the railway crossing inventory performed by the Federal Highway Administration in the 1970s, each state could develop engineering projects with the goal of reducing train-vehicle collisions. The Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Program was established to address highway-rail grade and crossing safety nationwide. In South Carolina, the program includes approximately 2,600 public crossings. The SC Department of Transportation was charged with inspecting every public crossing for appropriate traffic control.
MAP-21 continued the annual set-aside for elimination of hazards at Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings from the state’s HSIP apportionment. Funds are eligible for projects at all public crossings. Fifty percent of the funds must be used for the installation of warning devices at Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
From 2008 to 2012, vehicle-train fatal and severe injury collisions totaled 27. In almost 41% of those collisions, the contributing factor was driver disregarding sign or signals.