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Grade separations advance in California, crossing projects advance in Ohio and North Carolina


The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE) recently approved eight grade separations as part of a second phase of work in southern California. The list of projects will be submitted to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, which is expected to adopt the plan next month.

Five of the eight grade separations — all of which are located along Union Pacific Railroad lines — will be completed in Industry, Calif. The others are located in Montebello, Pomona and Pico Rivera, Calif.

In 1998, ACE began to complete grade separations in the San Gabriel Valley along a trade corridor to and from San Pedro Bay ports.

“ACE will reach a critical milestone this year with our first 14 projects under construction or completed,” said ACE Chairman David Gutierrez, mayor of San Gabriel, in a prepared statement. “We will now focus on working with our funding partners and local jurisdictions on the final eight projects.”

Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recently approved authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. (W&LE) to install flashing lights and gates at a grade crossing in Canton Township. The upgrades will be covered by federal funds. W&LE must complete the work by Oct. 23, according to PUCO.

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to hold a citizens’ informational workshop on Feb. 9 to review plans to close a CSX Transportation crossing in Winterville. The closure is a part of an effort to reduce the number of redundant or high-accident-rate crossings statewide.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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