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NORFOLK SOUTHERN REPORTS INSTALLATION OR UPGRADING OF 220 AUTOMATIC WARNING DEVICES IN 20 STATES DURING 1992

 ATLANTA, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) installed or upgraded automatic warning devices at 220 highway-rail grade crossings in 20 states during 1992.
 Most of the work was accomplished in cooperation with federal and state authorities, with the states determining which crossings to upgrade.
 These automatic warning devices consist of flashing lights and bells or a combination of flashing lights, bells and gates. Of the 18,030 public highway-rail grade crossings on Norfolk Southern, approximately 36 percent, or 6,574, are equipped with automatic warning devices.
 Modern crossing signal installations use constant warning devices to detect trains. This means that warning systems are activated for a fixed length of time regardless of the speed of the train.
 Congress through funding legislation has recognized the need for automatic warning devices at highway-rail grade crossings. For new projects, federal funds contribute from 80 percent to 100 percent of the cost of signal installation, with the state or local highway authority or the railway paying or sharing the cost of the remaining percentage.
 Maintenance of the warning devices ranges in cost from $1,350 annually for a crossing equipped only with flashing lights to about $3,265 for a multitrack crossing equipped with gates and cantilevers. The railway pays all costs to maintain warning devices with the exception of five states that share maintenance expenses, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
 After a state determines the crossings where automatic warning devices are to be installed, it requests the railway to engineer the warning devices according to guidelines established by the Association of American Railroads and the Federal Highway Administration in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. After the state and federal governments approve the railway's engineering plans and cost estimates, the railway is authorized to order material and install the signals. The time span for the railway to complete the engineering, obtain approvals and install the devices ranges from one to two years.
 Following is a listing by state of the number of projects completed in 1992:
 AL 5 IN 14 MO 2 PA 3
 FL 6 KY 4 MS 3 SC 8
 GA 32 LA 6 NC 45 TN 26
 IA 0 MD 0 NY 0 VA 18
 IL 27 MI 0 OH 19 WV 2
 -0- 6/11/93
 /CONTACT: Robert C. Fort, 804-629-2714, or Richard W. Harris, 404-529-2193, both of Norfolk Southern Corporation/
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