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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 245a* RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION AND LOCATION
Sec. 13b-292. (Formerly Sec. 16-119a). Private crossings; protection requirements.

(c) The town, city or borough within which any private way leads to a private crossing from a town, city or borough highway, and the Commissioner of Transportation, in the case of any private way which leads to a private crossing from a state highway, shall erect and maintain at the entrance to such private way a suitable sign warning of the railroad grade crossing. (1213)

(d) The State Traffic Commission and the Commissioner of Transportation shall prescribe the nature of traffic control devices and traffic control measures to be erected at each private crossing and at approaches to such private crossings. (1214)

(e) The Commissioner of Transportation shall make all necessary orders for the closing of any private crossing if the commissioner finds that the necessity for such crossing has ceased or that such private crossing constitutes a hazard to public safety. The commissioner may order the consolidation into one crossing of two or more private crossings located in close proximity to each other. (1215)

(f) The provisions of section 13b-281 shall apply to private crossings. (1216)

(g) Representatives of towns, cities, boroughs, railroads and state agencies may enter private ways, drives or other facilities to the extent required to perform their duties pursuant to this section. (1217)

(h) Any person who fails to comply with traffic control measures installed pursuant to this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. (1218)

Sec. 13b-293. (Formerly Sec. 16-120). Maintenance of changed highway. (1219)(Text)

When the Commissioner of Transportation, in accepting the layout of any railroad company, has in such acceptance provided that portions of such railroad shall not be constructed until certain highways have been relocated or changed by such company, and the obligation of repairing or maintaining the whole or any part of such highways is imposed upon any person or corporation other than the town, city or borough within which such highway may be located, such provision shall be binding upon the company and it shall maintain and repair such highway in the same manner and to the same extent that such other person or corporation was bound to repair and maintain the same before such relocation or change. Any such company may use the material and abutments of any existing bridge in the old highway in the construction of a bridge in the substituted highway and shall provide suitable temporary accommodations for public travel over the old highway until the new highway is completed and shall be solely responsible for injuries resulting from its negligence in the matter of such temporary accommodations. The selectmen of any such town may discontinue such parts of the old highway as in their judgment are not of public convenience and necessity. (1220)

Sec. 13b-294. (Formerly Sec. 16-121). Guards for rails at crossings. (1221)(Text)

When any railroad is crossed by a highway at the same level, the company operating such railroad shall, at its own expense, so guard its rails by plank or otherwise as to secure a safe and easy passage across its road. If the selectmen of any town, the mayor of any city or the warden of any borough represents in writing to the Commissioner of Transportation that a company has failed to comply with the requirements of this section in regard to any highway within such town, city or borough, said commissioner shall examine such crossing and make such order as he deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. (1222)

Sec. 13b-295. (Formerly Sec. 16-122). Overhead bridge guards. Penalty. (1223)(Text)

Each railroad company shall, if required by the Commissioner of Transportation, erect and thereafter maintain suitable bridge guards at each bridge over its railroad when the overhead structure is less than eighteen feet in height above the track. Such bridge guards shall be approved by the commissioner and be erected and adjusted to his satisfaction. Any company failing to comply with the provisions of this section shall forfeit fifty dollars to the state for each month of continuance in such failure. (1224)

Sec. 13b-296. (Formerly Sec. 16-123). Guard rails on bridges. Penalty. (1225)(Text)

When the Commissioner of Transportation deems it necessary for the safety of persons traveling upon any railroad in this state that guard rails or any other appliances to secure safety should be placed upon any bridge used by the company operating such railroad, the commissioner may order such company to place such guards upon such bridge as he deems necessary. Any such company which fails to comply with such order shall forfeit to the state twenty-five dollars for each day of such failure. (1226)

Sec. 13b-297. (Formerly Sec. 16-124). Footways on railroad bridges. (1227)(Text)

When, in the opinion of the selectmen of any town or of the common council of any city, a footway upon the line of any railroad bridge or causeway within the limits of such town or city would be of public convenience and the railroad company owning such bridge or causeway does not consent thereto, such selectmen or common council may call out the Commissioner of Transportation, who, after due notice to such company, shall inquire into the facts, at the expense of such town or city. If the commissioner finds that a footway along such bridge or causeway would be of public convenience, he shall authorize such town or city to construct or maintain the same at its own expense and to attach the same for support to such bridge or causeway. Such footway shall be constructed entirely outside of the bridge or causeway to which it is attached and so constructed, maintained and used as not to interfere with the use of such bridge or causeway. (1228)

Sec. 13b-298. (Formerly Sec. 16-125). Cattle guards. (1229)(Text)

Each railroad company shall construct suitable cattle guards and fences at all railroad crossings of passways or highways to prevent cattle from passing upon its railroad, except when the Commissioner of Transportation deems it unnecessary. (1230)

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