Somewhere Alameda Corridor Expansion
City Councilmembers from the City of El Monte joined with federal, state and local leaders Friday to break ground on a four-lane roadway underpass/double-track railroad bridge at Baldwin Avenue in the City of El Monte.
Currently a congested railroad/street crossing, the project will eliminate the risk of dangerous crossing collisions and delays for emergency responders.
“We have had too many accidents and near-misses at this intersection to keep the current configuration any longer,” said El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias, who was recently elected Vice Chair of the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Construction Authority, the agency overseeing the project. “Improving this intersection has been a priority for our City and will ultimately improve traffic congestion in the area, create new jobs and reduce air pollution.”
Once completed, the project will reduce vehicle emissions from idling cars and trucks and eliminate noisy train horns and gate alarms. The project is estimated to be completed by 2015 and the total investment is estimated at $75.9 million. Approximately 1,370 construction jobs will be created due to this project.
The City apologizes for any construction-related delays that motorists may face along Baldwin Avenue and surrounding streets during the course of construction and thanks residents in advance for their patience while the project is being built.
The project is part of a grade separation program along the ACE Trade Corridor, which accommodates about 60% of the containers moved from the nation’s busiest container ports in the San Pedro Bay to the rest of the country via the region’s rail network.