In 1991, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) set a goal to close 25 percent of all crossings nationwide within a ten-year period. Over the years, multiple crossings have been closed in the state of Nebraska.
Closing a crossing enhances rail safety; however, the decision to close a crossing is a matter for the local community, state and railroad involved. The state provides financial incentive to communities to close crossings.
According to Nebraska Code, Any political subdivision, which eliminates a crossing by closing the street or highway, will be paid $5,000 plus the actual cost of the closing not to exceed $12,000 from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund. In addition, the political subdivision will be paid a minimum of $5,000 from the responsible railroad. Any political subdivision, which eliminates a crossing by removal of the rail, will be paid $2,000 or the actual cost, not to exceed $12,000 from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund.