18.6.311 OWNERSHIP AND MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PUBLIC AT-GRADE RAIL HIGHWAY CROSSINGS
(1) The road authority will own the railroad signal.
(2) Except in cases in which there is an encroachment onto the roadway by a railroad track, the road authority is responsible for installation and maintenance of the roadway, signs, except for crossbucks, and pavement markings in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) , 1988 edition, and any amendments thereto which are in effect as of the date this rule is adopted, published by the U.S. department of transportation, federal highway administration, which is hereby incorporated by reference. A copy of the current MUTCD can be obtained from the Supervisor of the Utilities Section, Montana Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect Avenue, Helena, MT 59620-1001. The road authority is responsible for the roadway between multiple tracks. In cases in which there is an encroachment onto the roadway by a railroad track, all construction and maintenance costs associated with the encroachment will be paid by the owner of the encroaching railroad track, including grade crossing signals if deemed necessary.
(3) The road authority will pay for the repair or replacement cost (damage maintenance cost) of the signal and activation equipment in the event of damage and the responsible party for the damage cannot be identified or will not pay.
(4) The railroad is responsible for maintaining the signals and crossbuck signs and the crossing surface from end of the railroad tie to the other end of the railroad tie.
History: 60-2-121 and 2-3-103, MCA; IMP, 60-2-121 and 60-2-201, MCA; NEW, 1997 MAR p. 896, Eff. 4/8/97.