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California commission OKs funds for grade separation project


The California Transportation Commission recently approved allocating $25.6 million in construction funds for the Nogales Street grade separation project in Industry and Rowland Heights, Calif.

The funds will permit the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE) to request authorization from the California Department of Transportation Caltrans to proceed with the project, then later issue a request for bids.

The $97.1 million project calls for constructing a six-lane roadway underpass and double-track rail bridge to grade separate Nogales Street from a Union Pacific Railroad line. Each day, the existing grade crossing averages 42,700 vehicles, 40 UP trains and 12 passenger trains.

The project will eliminate delays for emergency responders and the potential for crossing collisions, and reduce traffic congestion, vehicle emissions and noise, ACE officials said in a prepared statement.

“This project will eliminate a congested and hazardous roadway-railroad crossing, which is ranked No. 4 in California for grade separation priority,” said ACE Chairman David Guiterrez.

The project is part of ACE's overall plan to build 22 grade separations in the San Gabriel Valley along a corridor used to move goods to and from San Pedro Bay ports.

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