On January 18, 2024, the Ohio Rail Development Commission approved funding from the Ohio Grade Crossing Elimination Program for the City of Hudson’s proposed grade separation project at Hines Hill Road. With money provided in the most recent state budget for grade crossing eliminations, the Rail Commission will contribute 20 percent funding ($2,886,174) to match the community’s additional 20 percent funding commitment to ensure the application to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Crossing Elimination (RCE) Program, expected to be due in March, is competitive. Norfolk Southern, the operating railroad, is in support of this effort as well and has agreed to commit funding towards the project.
If the federal application is successful, this $14 million project will construct a grade separation at Hines Hill Road and permanently close the crossing that experiences a very high volume of train traffic. The Hines Hill Road corridor, an important connection for the north side of the City, is frequently blocked by train traffic. These blockages have caused traffic interruptions as well as safety concerns due to the increased potential for emergency services delays.
“Securing funding from the Ohio Rail Commission for the Hines Hill grade separation is a major step forward in bringing this project to fruition. Hudson City Manager Thomas Sheridan and his team put together an incredibly compelling case which he presented in Columbus as to why this infrastructure project should be a priority for our state. I am delighted that the Ohio Rail Commission agreed and voted unanimously in support.” - Senator Kristina Roegner
“This grade separation will not only resolve frequent interruption for residents and school buses, but more importantly a many decades long emergency services burden, requiring multiple dispatches for any calls in the Northwest of Hudson. The added bonus will be our ability to connect the Northwest corner of the community to downtown via multipurpose paths, which has been out of the question for the past 35 years.” - Chris Foster, Hudson Council President – Ward 2
“The Hines Hill grade separation project is an important endeavor, that will benefit not only the City of Hudson but also surrounding communities. Uninterrupted vehicle access in this corridor for residents, school buses and especially emergency services is paramount for the safety and well-being of all.” - Mayor Jeffrey Anzevino, City of Hudson
"As Hudson's City Manager, I've tackled a lot of infrastructure projects across three states for over three decades. In that time, I've rarely encountered a proposal with such clear and multifaceted benefits as the Hines Hill Road Bridge and I fully support this project for Hudson. This isn't just about a railroad crossing; it's about safeguarding lives, reducing burden on adjacent communities, boosting our economy, and ensuring our emergency responders and school children get safely to where they are going." – Thomas Sheridan, Hudson City Manager