Transportation projects in Los Angeles County received $48.1 million Thursday from the California Transportation Committee.
The funding includes $24.6 million for Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion improvements, including:
— $16.5 million for the construction of Burbank Junction Speed improvements, including the installation of a new turn-out, reconfiguration of Control Point Olive to accommodate the new crossover and signal modifications;
— $6.6 million for signal reconfiguration along the mainline between Control Point Burbank to Control Point Fletcher and the providing new signals; and
— $1.5 million for Chatsworth Station construction, including upgrading vehicular at-grade crossings, pedestrian improvements and main track rehabilitation.
The work will increase ridership and improve regional system integration, officials said.
The county also received $23.5 million for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements. The funding will improve conditions in various cities from 1.4 miles west of Sunland Boulevard to Base Line Road. In that area, crews will reconstruct curb ramps to meet ADA standards, relocate pull boxes and traffic signal poles and install accessible pedestrian signals.
“These critical investments will help improve California’s transportation infrastructure now and into the future,” Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin said. “This includes improving safety and access for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, and planning for the long-term maintenance of these vital assets.”
The state commission announced a total of $491 million allocated to address transportation needs throughout California. The funding includes $273 million from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which is provided through federal and state gas taxes.
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