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California Transportation Commission allocates funds for grade separation


On Wednesday, the California Transportation Commission voted to allocate $37.6 million in state bond funds for the construction of the Baldwin Avenue grade separation project in El Monte. The funds will enable the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE) to soon release the project for bids.

The $80.5 million project calls for constructing a double-track rail bridge over a four-lane depressed roadway on Baldwin Avenue between Rose Avenue and Gidley Street. The grade separation will eliminate the crossing and emergency responder delays, and reduce emissions and noise, ACE officials said in a prepared statement.

Baldwin Avenue is used by 28,000 vehicles per day, including a substantial number of trucks, and the existing grade crossing is used by 14 freight trains per day as well as six passenger trains per week.

“This project will eliminate a congested and hazardous roadway-railroad crossing on a busy thoroughfare which connects the 10 and 210 freeways,” said ACE Chairman David Gutierrez, a San Gabriel councilman.

The project is part of ACE’s program that calls for constructing 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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