Funding for a railway crossing upgrade was announced for Powassan, south of North Bay.
Transport Canada will fund half - $242,786 - of the $485,573 Canadian National Railway project, consisting of the installation of a new crossing warning system consisting of flashing lights, bell, automatic gates and constant warning device and to install Rail Fusion, a remote monitoring data-gathering platform.
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre made the announcement Sept. 30 on behalf of Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The funding is part of the federal Rail Safety Improvement Program to improve rail safety and prevent accidents, post-Lac Megantic.
In the past four years, Ottawa has spent $85 million in the form of grants and contributions into new technology, research and studies, and the improvements to road-rail grade crossings and the closure of other crossings that present safety concerns.
Grade crossing and trespassing accidents still cause the most rail-related deaths and serious injuries in Canada.
“This funding is essential to improve rail safety in communities across the country, including those in our riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming," said Anthony Rota, the MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming, in a statement.
"Not only do we need to promote that message of exercising caution around railways, but this government is backing that up by providing a way for municipalities like Powassan to improve upon those safety measures.”