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2/17/2003



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

ACTA pencils in May start for Alameda Corridor's final grade separation


In May, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) plans to begin the $107 million Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Grade Separation project.


The authority recently issued a $25.1 million construction contract to prime contractor Yeager Skanska Inc. The budget's balance covers engineering, traffic management and other related work.


ACTA is managing design and construction of the grade separation, which is funded by Caltrans ($79 million), ACTA ($14 million) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($14 million).


The project includes a half-mile-long bridge designed to separate PCH traffic from the Alameda Corridor's mainlines, a branch rail line and Alameda Street — the only location along the corridor's 20-mile route where street and rail traffic still meet.


The PCH area is heavily traveled by trucks hauling containers to and from the neighboring ports of Los Angles and Long Beach — two of the nation's busiest.


The bridge is expected to open in spring 2004, with the project fully complete that summer, according to a prepared statement.



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