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The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) on Wednesday announced 100,000 work hours have been completed on the Durfee Avenue Grade Separation Project in Pico Rivera, California, without recordable injury.
The $107.8 million project, which began major construction activity in January 2020, is part of the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Project, a program of 19 grade separations and safety improvements being made along the high-volume ACE freight-rail corridor. Durfee is one of the last five ACE projects, SGVCOG officials said in a press release.
The Durfee Avenue grade separation and safety upgrades will eliminate collisions, train-horn noise and delays for emergency responders at the crossing that's used daily by 13,600 vehicles. Idling vehicle emissions and traffic congestion will also be reduced since motorists will no longer have to wait for trains to pass.
According to Federal Railroad Administration data, nine vehicle-train collisions have happened at the Durfee Avenue crossing since 1981, resulting in four fatalities. Nearly 50 trains travel along those tracks every day with a projected increase to 91 trains daily by 2025.
Construction of the grade separation is expected to conclude this spring.