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ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASESMid Valley News
May 7, 2008
Officials Dedicate New Ramona Underpass
El Monte - Congresswoman Hilda Solis and Assemblyman Mike Eng joined San Gabriel Valley leaders to celebrate the completion of construction of a new roadway underpass on Ramona Boulevard in El Monte at the Union Pacific and Metrolink railroad, immediately east of Valley Boulevard. The recently opened underpass eliminates the risk of vehicle collisions with trains, cuts congestion caused by train delays, and increases access for police, fire and emergency medical responders.
The $49.9 million Ramona Blvd. Grade Separation project was constructed by the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE). "The Ramona Boulevard Grade Separation Project will improve the quality of life in our community by eliminating traffic congestion and locomotive horn noise,increasing safety,improving air quality and fostering economic vitality," said Congresswoman Solis. "I am pleased to offer my continuing support in Congress for the Alameda Corridor-East projects."
"We must tackle our congestion relief and air quality challenges in Southern California if we are to continue to reap the economic benefits of international trade. The ACE projects provide those benefits, and that's why I am a supporter of the projects," said Assembly-man Mike Eng.
Construction of the $49.9 million project to separate Ramona Blvd. from the railroad tracks began in 2005. The road was reopened to traffic on April 9, 2008. In a special ceremony, the ACE Board of Directors joined Congresswoman Hilda Solis, Assemblyman Mike Eng and MTA Board John edicating the project. The project will benefit the approximately 25,800 motorists projected to use Ramona Boulevard daily by the year 2025 as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
The ceremony comes on the heels of an announcement by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to recommend another ACE project for funding in the City of San Gabriel. The San Gabriel Trench, currently in design, would create a railroad trench to separate four crossings in San Gabriel. The CTC has recommended $336.6 million to fund the project from state Prop 1B goods movement bond funds. The tremendous growth in goods movement and trade has created significant congestion and air quality impacts to Southern Californians. The Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 44% of the Nation's containerized imports. Much of it is transported east through the San Gabriel Valley along the Alameda Corridor-East to the rest of the country. The ACE Construction Authority is a single-purpose agency created to mitigate the impacts of significant increases in rail and vehicle traffic in the San Gabriel Valley.
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