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California panel awards grant funds for ACE grade separation projects

The state will contribute $15 million toward construction of a roadway underpass in Montebello. The project will impact four Union Pacific Railroad crossings.
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The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments this week announced the award of $20 million in state funds for the construction of two grade separations along the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) freight-rail corridor in eastern Los Angeles County. 

Funds were awarded from California's Section 190 Grade Separation Program, which provides grants to local agencies to grade-separate or improve rail crossings with the goal of eliminating the potential for collisions and relieving traffic congestion, according to a news release.

The state will contribute $15 million over a period of three years toward construction of a $188.3 million roadway underpass on Montebello Boulevard in the city of Montebello. The project — which impacts four Union Pacific Railroad crossings in the city — is scheduled to start in spring 2022. 

The state also will provide $5 million this year for an $83.7 million roadway overpass over UP tracks on Turnbull Canyon Road in the city of Industry and unincorporated community of Hacienda Heights. Work is scheduled to start in summer 2022.

The California Public Utilities Commission develops a two-year priority list of grade separations statewide and funding is allocated to construction-ready projects by the California Department of Transportation.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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