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San Gabriel Valley Newspapers
By Steve Scauzillo
September 27, 2012

ACE Construction board supports Measure J on November ballot

The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority Board of Directors, the group that oversees the building of railroad underpasses and bridges in Los Angeles County, voted Monday to support Measure J.

Measure J will extend the life of the existing half-cent sales tax (Measure R) for county light-rail and subway projects, road and freeway improvements and underpass projects for an additional 30 years.

If voters approve the measure on Nov. 6, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, known as Metro, will be able to borrow money from future revenues and build projects in 10 years that would have taken 30 years, according to Metro and the measure's author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

The new measure will raise $3.7 billion in additional highway funding within the next decade for projects in Los Angeles County, of which, the San Gabriel Valley could get $823 million.

An amendment to the measure authored by Duarte City Councilman John Fasana, who also sits on the Metro board, will allow Metro by a two-thirds vote to earmark about $200 million to fund future ACE projects, and about $600 million for the extension of the Metro Gold Line Foothill line from Azusa to Claremont.

The list of ACE completed projects include underpasses at Sunset Avenue, Orange Avenue and Nogales Street. Upcoming projects include a Baldwin Avenue underpass on the border of El Monte and Temple City, and a Puente Avenue underpass in unincorporated North Whittier.

The board voted 5 to 1, with Supervisor Michael Antonovich in opposition. Also, ACE board member and Pomona Councilman Stephen Atchley abstained.

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