Ground was broken Thursday for construction of a $141.8 million underpass that will carry four lanes of traffic beneath railroad tracks on the border of Industry and Rowland Heights in hopes of relieving train-caused traffic delays.
The underpass on Fairway Drive just north of the Pomona (60) Freeway is expected to open in 2018.
“Vehicles idling at the railroad crossing waiting for the train to pass and crossing collisions will be a thing of the past,” Industry Mayor Tim Spohn said.
Nearly 25,000 vehicles travel through the railroad crossing on Fairway Drive daily, and they are often blocked by the 49 trains that pass along the tracks. The number of trains is expected to increase to 91 each day by 2025, officials said. Building the underpass is expected to eliminate 62.5 vehicle- hours of daily delay at the crossing, according to the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority.
It will also eliminate delays for emergency response vehicles and the potential for train-vehicle collisions, along with excessive locomotive horn and crossing bell noise, according to the authority.
“The Fairway Drive project will ease traffic congestion, reduce emissions, improve safety and mitigate the impacts caused by the increase in freight rail traffic traveling through eastern Los Angeles County,” County Supervisor Don Knabe said.
Fairway Drive will be closed for the construction project in spring 2016, coinciding with the reopening of Nogales Street to the west, where a similar project is already underway.
— City News Service
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