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Thursday, October 04, 2012    

Alameda construction authority backs sales tax extension, seeks grade separation bids


The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority's (ACE) board recently voted in favor of supporting Measure J, which would extend an existing half-cent sales tax for Los Angeles County light-rail and subway projects, road and freeway improvements, and underpasses for an additional 30 years. ACE oversees the construction of railroad underpasses and bridges in the county.

If southern California voters approve the measure on Nov. 6, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) would be able to borrow money from future revenue and complete projects in 10 years instead of 30, according to ACE.

Measure J would raise $3.7 billion in additional highway funding within the next decade for projects in the county, of which the San Gabriel Valley could receive $823 million, said ACE officials in a prepared statement.

In addition, a Measure J amendment would allow LACMTA to earmark about $200 million to fund future ACE projects, including grade separations, and about $600 million for the extension of the Metro Gold Line Foothill line from Azusa to Claremont, they said.

ACE also announced it's accepting bids until Nov. 14 for the Nogales Street grade separation in Industry, Calif. The project calls for building an underpass to eliminate a Metrolink/Union Pacific Railroad grade crossing.

The project is estimated to cost $46.5 million to $51.1 million. ACE will hold a mandatory pre-bid conference Oct. 18 in Walnut, Calif.

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