Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
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Durfee Avenue Grade Separation Project
(City of Pico Rivera)

Fact Sheet

Photo simulation of Durfee Avenue railroad crossing looking north.

Project Description

The Durfee Avenue Grade Separation Project will separate the roadway and the railroad tracks on Durfee Avenue in the City of Pico Rivera. Plans call for constructing a roadway underpass on Durfee Avenue between Beverly Road and Whittier Boulevard under the Union Pacific railroad tracks with retaining walls and a new railroad bridge.

Project Status

The Durfee Avenue Grade Separation Project is in the final engineering and design stage. Environmental clearances have been obtained and right-of-way is being acquired. Construction will commence in 2017. The project cost is estimated at $91.1 million.

Project Impacts

The project will reduce an estimated 15.3 vehiclehours of delay each day at the crossing which is traversed by 49 trains per day, projected to increase to 91 trains by 2025. Durfee Avenue carries 13,600 vehicles per day which is projected to increase to 14,300 vehicles by 2025. The project will eliminate delays for emergency responders and crossing collisions. Nine collisions have been recorded at the crossing since 1981, resulting in four fatalities. Safety for pedestrians and bicyclists will be improved, with 563 pedestrians and 214 bicyclists counted over a 14-hour period in January 2013. Emissions from idling vehicles will be reduced and locomotive horn noise eliminated.