By January 17, 2011, all crossbucks at rail-highway crossings must comply with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rules and be fitted with reflective strips.
At all grade crossings with crossbuck signs installed, excluding those with crossbuck signs installed back-to-back, a two-inch strip of white retro-reflective material must be applied to the back of each crossbuck blade for the entirety of the blade by January 17, 2011. Additionally, at all passive grade crossings with crossbuck signs installed, a two-inch strip of white retro-reflective material must be attached to the front and back of the crossbuck post along its entire length, from the crossbuck sign or number of tracks plaque to within two feet of the ground, with the exception of one-way streets and locations where a Yield or STOP sign is mounted on the same post as the crossbuck sign. (Note – in the picture above, the 2″ strip would not actually be required, because of the yield sign.)
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida , Business & Innovation – Stanford University) 25 years of experience in the reflective safety business. Specializing in vehicle accident and rear end collision reduction through increased visibility.